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Tomahawk Leader 2018 Official Fall Ride Guide in pdf below

(Photo Story) The 2018 Tomahawk Leader Official Fall Ride Guide is at the printers, but you can view a copy here now. Inside you'll find calendars of events, live music, information about the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Harley-Davidson tour plans and 2019 demo bikes, Fun Runs and the new Scavenger Hunt, Friday night's Thunder Parade, Downtown Street Dances, the big bike raffle prize, the VFW's Breakfasts with a Vet and MASH blood drive, downtown non-profit vendors, a history of the Fall Ride and so much more, including scores of businesses eager to serve you now and in the future. It's the popular handy pocket-sized guide that suits motorcyclists. We've been told by vendors that ours is the most sought-after publication and we know visitors seek it out well before they even arrive in town. Enjoy! And see you at the Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA Sept. 13-16, 2018. And, watch for pictures from the 2018 Ride on our Photo Album afterwards. Happy to serve, the staff at the Tomahawk Leader

Tomahawk Leader 8-14-2018 issue; Tomahawk Leader File Photo by Kathy Tobin
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Election Day Results

Election night was a late one waiting for the final Lincoln County townships to report. As of midnight, the results were known. Of note: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Lt. Ken Schneider outdistanced fellow Republican challenger Pete Borchardt 2,864-2,422 for the Sheriffs position, presumably taking over for the retiring Jeff Jaeger since there is no Democratic opposition in November. Incumbent Coroner Paul Proulx appears to have been re-elected over Mark Raymer, 3,310-1,741, again with no opposition in the General Election.

**A copy of the Lincoln County results is posted immediately below:

**In the Oneida County Sheriff's Republican race-off, incumbent Grady Hartman claimed the win 2,644 over Larry Mathein, 1,674 and Gregory Gardner, 770.

Tuesday, Aug. 14 is Election Day. There's a recap of the contested races in the Aug. 14 Leader, with an emphasis that this is a partisan primary, which means you must vote within one party. If you cross over into another lane, your ballot will be discarded. You can safeguard against accidents by choosing a party at the beginning. That way if you accidentally stray, only that party's choices will count. Read about why the ballots had to be reprinted. You'll find a Lincoln County Sample Ballot in the Aug. 7 Tomahawk Leader, along with profile information and responses to questions for the Lincoln and Oneida County Sheriff races. The week before we had the Lincoln County Coroner profiles. Polls close at 8 p.m. The Tomahawk Leader will serve as the local Associated Press outlet, relaying results to their headquarters. Check back here for results once they are available.

Tomahawk Leader 8-14-2018 issue
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The Doughnut Girls

The Tomahawk Historical Society and Tomahawk Salvation Army will host a presentation by Tom Mulinix of The Salvation Army Thursday, Aug. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Buedingen Center, Hwy. 86, Tomahawk. Mulinix will present The Doughnut Girls Story: Wonderful History From World War I. The presentation will provide an account of the first women ever to serve on the frontlines. These women from the Salvation Army helped U.S. troops in their fight against the pain, suffering, loneliness and horror of war. They made delicious doughnuts over a wood fire, stacked them on wooden dowels and served them to troops on the frontlines. The event is open to the public, however seating is limited to 100. Read more about The Doughnut Girls in Kathy's Kolumn.

Tomahawk Leader 8-14-2018 issue
Lots of Back to School info

The Aug. 7 Tomahawk Leader is filled with Back to School information. We introduce new Tomahawk Elementary School Principal Guy Steckbauer; show elementary staff at the public school and St. Mary's; provide the 2018-19 school calendar; list school registration and open house hours; provide school supply lists; have a complete roster of staff in the Tomahawk School District; and review immunization requirements. Pick up a copy of the paper on newsstands or subscribe to the Online Edition now for a full year of coverage.

Tomahawk Leader 8-7-2018 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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Nature Notes

**Public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 15 to discuss ongoing CWD sampling efforts.

**Oneida County bird tests positive for West Nile Virus.

**DNR Snapshot Wisconsin opens statewide.

**Grouse hunting, sporting clay courses offered through Nicolet College.

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

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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 Aug. 21, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Laurie L. Seslar, 58, Stoughton, born in Tomahawk, 1977 graduate of Tomahawk High School, worked as a CNA (died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018; memorial service Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 1 p.m.)

**Anna Roberts (nee Hietala), 88, Rhinelander, born in Finlayson, Minn., married Robert Roberts, couple moved to Tomahawk in 1948 (died Aug. 11, 2018; no formal services. Carlson Funeral Home, Rhinelander, is assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Aug. 14, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Guerdon A. Wallesverd, 89, Tomahawk, born in Menominie, married to Donna Slaton, 1947 graduate of Spring Valley High School, U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran, retired as a major, served in Louisiana Air National Guard, flew Strategic Air Command during the Cuban Missile Crisis, practice law in Louisiana and Wisconsin for many years, taught commercial law as associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, additional career as commercial pilot for Eastern Airlines based out of Miami, Fla., lived in Tomahawk last 31 years (died Friday, Aug. 10, 2018; memorial service at later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Rose Marie Belling (nee Bjelland), 56, Tomahawk, 1979 graduate of Tomahawk High School, worked as nursing assistant at Golden Age Nursing Home for many years, worked 11 years at McDonald's (died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018; Celebration of Life service Sunday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m., also friends joined family at McDonald's the morning of Friday, Aug. 10 for a free cup of coffee and stories).

**Roy E. Saari, 85, Tomahawk, born in Palmer, Mich., married Karen H. Peterson, U.S. Army veteran of Korean War, worked at Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company in Michigan for over 30 years, retiring in 1984, couple wintered in Oro Valley, Ariz., and summered on Beaver Lake in Tomahawk area (died Monday, Aug. 6, 2018; funeral service Friday, Aug. 11 at Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill).

**Rolly Hansen, Denver, Colo., born in Tomahawk in 1929, graduated from high school in Wausau, U.S. lieutenant in the Army Infantry, lived in California, lived short time with aunt Florence "Tweet" Hansen Smith in Tomahawk, then lived in Denver, married Mona Cortenaz, worked for insurance companies as an adjuster (died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018).

Tomahawk Leader 8-14-2018 issue
TAFFY helping with student debt

Tomahawk Area Foundation For Youth (TAFFY) is looking to expand its three programs already in place to include debt retirement for graduates who choose to bring their education back to the Tomahawk community. Called "Post Graduate Debt Retirement," the program aims to aid college graduates who return to this community to work and live by eliminating some of the debt that can come with a higher education. Over the past 18 years, TAFFY has awarded just under $650,000 in scholarships to students graduating from Tomahawk to pursue college degrees. This new program is an effort to have an even greater impact on the community, says Bill Mark founder and president of TAFFY. Read the full story in the Aug. 14 Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription. Recent graduates who would like to get in contact with Mark regarding applying for the Post Grad Grant Program can email him at

Tomahawk Leader 8-14-2018 issue
130th Lincoln County Fair

"Back to the Wild West" is this year's theme for the Lincoln County Fair which takes place Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 15-19 at the Festival Grounds in Merrill. Admission is free, although parking at the fairgrounds does cost $5 per day or $13 for the season. In true spirit of this year's theme, there will be events including a 4-H horse show on Wednesday and the Rice Bull Riding Co. Bulls on Thursday and Friday. There's also The LCFA Demo Derby on Saturday and the All Star Monster Trucks on Sunday, all on the main stage. You can expect musical performances by: Bad Downs on Wednesday; Genesse Depot, Thursday; Zack Matthews, Friday; Pretty Monster, Saturday, all in the entertainment tent. The fair offers carnival rides and games, perfect for even the young ones. The rides open at noon; wristbands are $25 per day. There's lots more information in our story and see the ad related to the Fair.

Tomahawk Leader 8-14-2018 issue
NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

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

**Tomahawk Leader joins newspapers throughout the country this week calling for the protection of press freedom and warning against the dangers of President Trump's attack on journalism. See the editorial and note, "We aren't the enemy of the people."

**Free food by the truckload Aug. 14.

**Grace Lutheran Church celebrating 125 years.

**Trump calls Harley boycott a "Great" idea.

**Tomahawk Police Department K-9 Unit success continues with community support.

**Mini golf tournament supports Food Pantry, Main Street, Lions.

**Savvy Senior: What's the difference between Alzheimer's and Dementia?

**Tomahawk Leader is fighting the Summer Slide. Look for kids' activities in this week's newspaper.

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Remember, what appears here each week is only a small summary of what's in this week's newspaper. Get the complete Tomahawk Leader with an Online Edition subscription. It can be accessed 24-7; no waiting for the mail, which makes it a great option for former residents, college students, snowbirds and future residents. The e-Edition is offered through a special service purchased by the Tomahawk Leader. The annual subscription rate is similar to local rates ($36 per year), which means a substantial savings for out-of-area and out-of-state residents compared to a mailed copy. Click on the icon link immediately below for details.

A subscription to the Online Edition includes some new features: among them are handy flip pages and audio portions read right from the newspaper.

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Senior Moments

You'll want to check out our Senior Moments special section in the July 31 Tomahawk Leader. Fun story about the Tomahawk High School Class of 1948's 70th reunion and what it was like back in those days. Also meet someone who just celebrated her 110th birthday, learn about Cataracts, Going Back to Work After Retiring While on Social Security, Early signs of Parkinson's Disease, remembering Autograph Books, Tick-Borne, No Age Limit on Abuse, Walk to Your Podiatrist for Healthy Feet, When is Clumsiness a Cause for Concern?, Seniors Becoming More Tech-Savvy, StrongBodies Offers Resistance, Balance, flexibility Training for Men and Women of All Ages.

Business Card Directory; pdf link here

The 2018 Business Card Directory is a new printed piece published by the Tomahawk Leader. Look for a copy in the pdf below. Please support the businesses, too!

**In addition, the businesses featured in this directory join others as part of our Online Business Directory, found at, with a Town Square link to the directory in the Paper Clips column at the left. Look there for places to dine, shop and stay in and around Tomahawk, as well as many needed services. The guide is a handy way to learn more about area businesses.

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Sports shorts

**Hatchets to kick-off football season under bright lights against Shiocton Friday. Young team expected to rely on seniors.

**Tomahawk runners' strong showing at 50th Paavo Nurmi Marathon, Relay.

**Titans fall to top-seeded Whitehall in WBA playoffs.

**Alumni cross country run Saturday at Bradley Park.

**Friends of Lake Mohawksin annual meeting.

**Friends of NRA banquet.

**Somo Fish and Game Poutry Fun Shoot

**Tripoli racer wins at Eagle River.

Tomahawk Leader 8-14-2018 issue
Alive in the Northwoods entertainment guide; pdf below

Check out our 2018 Alive in the Northwoods summer entertainment guide. It's included in the May 22 Tomahawk Leader and is on newsstands throughout the summer, and posted in the pdf below. It includes an extensive Community Calendar of Events and has all sorts of information about activities and attractions in the area. It's handy now and great to keep around for visitors.

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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

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

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

Pressing Matters - Larry M. Tobin

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