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The Front Page Picture!

Digging out

(Photo Story) Dar Clements confronts nearly 2 feet of snow in front of Grace Lutheran Church Monday morning. The Northwoods was busy digging out from a record April snowstorm that occurred over the weekend bringing several feet of snow to parts of central Wisconsin and between 16 to 22 inches of wet, heavy white stuff to the Tomahawk area. We have picked up almost four feet of snow since Easter weekend. Monday marked the fifth day the Tomahawk School District had to cancel classes as a result of winter weather.

Tomahawk Leader 4-17-2018 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
New Merrill mayor; outgoing highlights

**The biggest upset in the April 3 election was, undoubtedly in the race for mayor in the City of Merrill. Newcomer challenger Derek Woellner, age 25, unseated the incumbent Bill Bialecki 1,017-938. When asked about planned changes, Woellner said: "My promise is that I will not veto something until I am able to collect 50 signatures from the public, insuring that I get out and talk to the public before making a veto decision. The other unilateral power is the mayor has the deciding vote in the event of a council tie. I am giving this vote to the people who attend the council meetings; in the event of a tie, I will ask the audience for a show of hands, and will vote with the majority. To empower people even more at council meetings, I am implementing a way for them to request floor permissions during the meeting. If a member of the public wants to join the council's discussion and speak outside of the Public Comment Period, they can now raise their hand to indicate to the council they wish to speak."

**We also have an interview with the outgoing mayor and list some of many highlights and accomplishments he recalled.

Tomahawk Leader 4-17-2018 issue
Unheard of 2-for-1 subscription deal: E-edition too

The Tomahawk Leader has an anniversary special going on, giving a 2-for-1 offer. Buy a new or renewal subscription for a special price (just $30) and give a "new" subscription to someone else for no additional charge. Theirs must be a Lincoln, Oneida or Price County address or an E-Edition subscription can go anywhere. It's an unheard of deal, plus you and the person you pick are each eligible for a $50 prize. You can't go wrong. Call 715-453-2151 for details. See the pdf below.

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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.

**Look for the specials at Billy Bob's Sports Bar & Grill.

**Tomahawk Bus Service is looking for drivers. There's a $500 sign-on bonus.

**Allied Universal is hiring security professionals at Harley-Davidson. A Job Fair is scheduled April 11 with on-the-spot interviews.

**Great time to subscribe and/or renew. In fact you can buy a subscription at a great anniversary price and give one to a family member or friend for no extra cost. Plus, you're both eligible for a $50 prize. This includes E-edition subscriptions too. Look for the form or call 715-453-2151.

**Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 4-10-2018 issue
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 traveltomahawk.com, 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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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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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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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 sales@tomahawkleader.com.


Obituaries

**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the April 24, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**John A. "Blade" Loka, 54, Tomahawk, lifelong resident of Tomahawk area, 1982 graduate of Tomahawk High School, employed by Scaffidi Truck Center and later Tomahawk Heavy Duty Truck Parts, Tomahawk, musician and sound technician (died Tuesday, April 17, 2018; funeral services at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 1 p.m.)

**Donna Sumner Buetner, 80, Roseville, Calif., born in Edgar, family moved to Denver, Colo., married George Buetner of Tomahawk (died Tuesday, April 10, 2018; funeral mass April 14 at St. Clare Catholic Church, Roseville, Calif.)

**Arlene C. "Pinch" Hackbarth (nee Pagels), 84, Tripoli, born in Rudolph, 1951 graduate of Lincoln High School, Wisconsin Rapids, married Keith H. Hackbarth, worked at Consolidated Papers, Biron Division, moved to Tripoli in 1963, served as Town of Somo treasurer from 1985-93 (died Sunday, April 15, 2018; funeral service Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 27 and again at 10 a.m. Saturday; in lieu of flowers or memorials, plant something in her memory, especially an apple tree).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the April 17, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**PENDING: Arlene "Pinch" Hackbarth, 84, Tripoli (died Sunday, April 15, 2018; arrangements with Krueger Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tomahawk).

**Halvor "Lard" H. Hanson, 86, Merrill, born in Merrill, married Charlotte Heise, served in U.S. Air Force, worked as a mechanic in the Milwaukee area, moved back to Merrill in early 80's, employed at Northern Wire LLC and Weinbrenner Shoe Company (died Thursday, April 12, 2018; graveside services Tuesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Snow Hill Cemetery, Town of Scott; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Sally A. Keen (nee Nitz), 80, Tomahawk, born in Heafford Junction, married Donald Keen, they lived in different parts of the country, she worked as a hotel manager, moved to Tomahawk in 1990, owned Keen's Kove Resort Lake Nokomis, retired in 1998 (died Tuesday, April 10, 2018; private family memorial service at later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Lois M. Leggett (nee Egelkrout), 74, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Neal F. Leggett, CNA at Sacred Heart Hospital and worked on AODA unit many years (died Sunday, April 8, 2018, her life will be celebrated privately; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Agnes E. Pokela, 96, formerly of the Tripoli and Brantwood area (died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018; memorial service Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; memorials to Tomahawk Area Interfaith Volunteers; Krueger Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 4-17-2018 issue
Election can't get much stranger

**A Tomahawk School Board winner has been decided. Jeffrey Johnson will fill the remaining year of a City of Tomahawk seat left vacant when Christine Brown moved out of the district. No one filed for the open seat and no one registered as an official write-in. So the fate of the representation was left to election day write-ins. Three people got two votes each: Johnson, Bob Skubal and Sue Stefonich. The district drew a name to break the tie and Johnson was selected.

**Another write-in race also was determined by hand-penned names. No one filed for the Lincoln County Board District 22 seat being left vacant by Robert Reichelt, so no names appeared on that ballot. Several write-ins were jotted down during the April 3 election, each with a single vote. Originally the county listed two eligible people (Dave Johnson and Jerry Natzke), but during the Board of Canvass that rechecks election results, it was discovered that numerous write-in votes were missed. The Board of Canvass had to open ballot bags to determine the missing names. Tim Panfill had three votes for District 22 and has accepted the County Board position.

**Two challengers remained winners in contested races for Lincoln County Board after two incumbents requested recounts in very close races. Even that process had its unusual twists. District 20 newcomer Dora Gorski unseated two-term incumbent Carl Vander Sanden 163-159 (a 4 vote difference) for a chance to represent the Town of Russell and Ward 1 for the Town of Schley. During the recount "it was determined that three Town of Schley Ward 1 voters were issues Ward 2 ballots," County Clerk Chris Marlowe told the Tomahawk Leader. "We were able to identify one of them by the fact they wrote Carl Vander Sanden in as a write-in as they had claimed to Carl after church on Sunday. The vote difference was 4, so had all 3 Ward 1 voters been issued the correct ballots Carl would have still fallen one vote short of a tie," Marlowe indicated. His challenger, Gorski, will now fill the position.

There also was a recount in District 10 where challenger Jeremy M. Ratliff narrowly outdistanced incumbent Loretta Baughan, 169-163 (6 votes), to represent Wards 1-2 of Pine River. Baughan asked for a recount, but Marlowe noted that no discrepancies were found and the total remained unchanged.

Tomahawk Leader 4-17-2018 issue
Committee of the Whole

It was a night of optimism and trepidation. The Tomahawk School Board voted 7-1 last week to restructure its committee meetings using a concept called the Committee of the Whole, which would take the current standing committees and gather them into one monthly meeting session, in addition to the regular board meeting. Proponents believed the new structure could decrease the overall number of meetings and increase shared information, while others worried that conglomerating all the meetings into one could saddle some board members with an additional burden and require too much time to get through each committee agenda. New board member Debbie Velleux was sworn in prior to Tuesday's meeting. Jeffrey Johnson's name was drawn from among three write-in candidates for a one-year position. We introduce him in a separate story.

Tomahawk Leader 4-17-2018 issue
Nature Notes:

**Along with cancelling all outdoor Hatchet events, this return of winter weather is driving gardeners eager to get outside nuts. This writer has an ambitious list of yard projects that still need to get done before the growing season gets underway. My how fickle spring in the Northwoods can be! In late nature writer Allan Bell's Birch Bark Nature Notes revisited, he talks about the importance of the forest and invites readers to plant one, two or three this Arbor Day (hopefully the snow and frost will eventually leave). The DNR Outdoor Report notes some outdoor activity is starting to pick up despite Old Man Winter sticking around for what looks like will likely be at least another week.

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

Tomahawk Leader 4-17-2018 issue
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Forestry and Wood Products

The March 27 Tomahawk Leader includes a special Forestry and Wood Products section with other stories in the regular newspaper too. For example, you'll find a wonderful full-page spread on Leo Heikkinen and his inventions, along with old logging scenes from Brantwood and Tripoli. There's an interesting story about how wood science played a critical role in solving the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping. There are tips on getting the most value out of your woodlands, Managed Forest Law, wildfire preparation, being a "tree hugger," technology and advertisers who are eager to assist you. Look for your copy in this week's Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription. It's great reading!

Tomahawk Leader 3-27-2018 issue
NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

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

**Tomahawk School District offers 2.13% (the Consumer Price Index limit) for the upcoming contract.

**Walk-in planned for Safe Schools.

**UPDATE: The Tomahawk School District will hold a safety drill to practice an intruder lockdown drill Thursday, April 19.

**Cassian National Cemetery information sessions set in Merrill and Rhinelander April 25.

**Tomahawk Elementary School Spring Showcase. See School Calendar for this and other events.

Tomahawk Leader 4-17-2018 issue
Sports shorts

**A number of Tomahawk co-ed track team athletes set new personal bests to help the Hatchet boys' team finish in fourth place and Lady Hatchets' fifth at the eight-team Northland Pines Invite Thursday. Zack Flowers continued his impressive season scoring a pair of first places and the Hatchet relay teams had a strong showing in Eagle River to help score team points with the boys' 4x800 also getting a first place finish.

Tomahawk Leader 4-17-2018 issue
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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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