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Veterans Honor Guard

(Photo Story) Members of the Tomahawk Area Veterans Honor Guard at the 2016 Tomahawk Community Awards Banquet May 15 read the names of local service members who had died in the last year and a half, ringing a bell after each name was announced. They also performed a flag-folding ceremony and explained each fold, and played Taps in a moving observance. The Honor Guard, which offers recognition for fallen comrades at about 40 funerals a year, was recognized by the Tomahawk Leader with this year’s Community Appreciation award. Members also participate in Memorial Day, Veterans Day and July 4 observances.

Tomahawk Leader 5-24-2016 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Main Street Car Show and other events

One of the biggest and most anticipated car shows being held in the Northwoods all summer long takes place in historic downtown Tomahawk this Sunday, May 29. Over 300 classic and hotrod vehicles will be on display and thousands will be in attendance as Tomahawk Main Street hosts the 22nd annual Main Street Memories Car Show and Craft Fair over the Memorial Day weekend. As the car show has continued to grow over recent years, so too have the events being held on Saturday in downtown Tomahawk. Registration for the Wheels in Motion Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet begins at noon with awards presented at 3:30 p.m. (rain location at SARA Park). All motorcycle makes and models are invited to enter in the show for a shot at winning cash prizes and plaques for Best of Show, Best Paint, Most Authentic, Most Custom and TMS Business Choice. Events organizers invite everyone to visit downtown Tomahawk this Memorial Day weekend to take part in the many activities planned during the Wheels in Motion Motorcycle Show Saturday and Main Street Memories Car Show Sunday. For more information, visit the Tomahawk Main Street website at, call the TMS office at 715-453-1090 or check out the pages of the Tomahawk Leader.

Tomahawk Leader 5-24-2016 issue
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Sport recap

** The baseball team won four games last week. The Hatchets topped visiting Nekoosa 17-5 last Monday with Zach Volz picking up the win as the pitcher. With three Great Northern Conference road victories over Lakeland (8-7), Northland Pines (2-1) and Medford (10-5), respectively, the Tomahawk Hatchets baseball boys improved to 7-4 in league play and moved into third place in the standings with just one game to go. Winning pitchers for the Hatchets were Volz, Brandon Vecchio, Brett Gerber and Jakob Panzer. Vecchio also had two home runs last week.

**The softball Hatchets defeated visiting Wittenberg-Birnamwood 11-1 with Rachel Dallman earning the “W”. Senior Mikhayla Kleich led the Tomahawk hitters with a three-for-three, two runs scored, three RBIs performance. At Mosinee Thursday, the Hatchets fell 5-3. Danielle Kurth had two doubles for the Hatchets and drove in all of Tomahawk’s runs.

**The Hatchet golf team finished last at the Great Northern Conference Meet #6 at Medford last Tuesday and fifth at GNC Meet #7 at Rhinelander Thursday. With those finishes, the Hatchets ended up in sixth place overall. Mike Lodholz, 52-43=95, led Tomahawk at Medford, and Andy Tessmer scored 91 at the Rhinelander meet.

**Tomahawk’s co-ed track team competed at Rhinelander in the GNC track and field championship meet last Tuesday, and both the boys’ and girls’ squads placed sixth. The lone champion for the Hatchets was Hannah Schade, who won the girls’ discus event.

**The Tomahawk Titans opened Dairyland League play Sunday at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field with a 6-5 victory over the visiting Rib Lake Osprey. Nick Bolte was the winning pitcher. The Titans had 14 hits against Rib Lake. Top hitters for the Titans were Jared Jarvensivu, Lorne Ahrens, and Aaron Leonhard with three hits each.

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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.

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the May 31, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Steven C. Krutsch, 48, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, worked for a moving company and tended bar, moved to Tomahawk in 1977, employed by Oaks Pub (died 5-26-16; no formal service; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Edwin Schufletowski, 86, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk (died 5-27-16; arrangements pending at Carlson Funeral Home, Rhinelander).

**Ardell F. Gransee, 91, Gleason (died 5-26-16; arrangements pending with Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk).

**Randall S. Bowen, 67, Berlin, Wis, born in Sycamore, Ill., attended Joliet Illinois High School, served in U.S. Air Force, moved to Berlin in 1977, worked 20 years with Oshkosh Corporation, cabin in Tripoli (died 5-25-16; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Stafford "Geno" Foreman, 69, Tomahawk, served in U.S. Army, moved to Tomahawk, retired from Harley-Davidson (died 5-26-16; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Glen H. Herman, 51, Harshaw, 1983 graduate of Rhinelander High School, married to Mindy Lane for 30 years, built home near family potato farm, also worked for Busche Masonry and briefly at Menards in Rhinelander, worked 4 years for Frito-Lay Research Station in Rhinelander, employed at UW-Madison Agricultural Research Station (died 5-22-16; memorial service Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. at Carlson Funeral Home, Rhinelander, visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 27 and again from 1-2 p.m. Saturday; memorials preferred for education fund for son.)

**Cindy Kay Olson, 56, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, 1978 graduate of Tomahawk High School, lived in Green Bay for 30 years (died 5-23-16 after battle with cancer; private family service Friday, May 27; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the May 24, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**James Michael ‘Jimike’ Johnson, born in Milwaukee, 1974 graduate of Tomahawk High School, worked for Ebasco for 7 years building the largest nuclear power plant in U.S., principal designer of prototype core of nuclear reactor in China, most recently employed as principal nuclear engineer with Westinghouse Electric Co. in Pittsburgh, Penn (died 5-14-16; private services; in lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Engineers Without Borders at; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Leon E. Christiansen, 70, Tomahawk, formerly of Green Bay and Iola, born in Estherville, IA, graduated from Iola High School, married Sue Timm and later divorce, worked as accountant for Super Valu Foods in Green Bay for approximately 20 years, married Janice Anthony, moved to Tomahawk where he owned a grocery store , before retirement worked for Petco in Wausau, had been Lions Club president (died 5-21-16; funeral service Wednesday, May 25 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation Tuesday, May 24 from 4-7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again at the church Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m., memorials to Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk or WI Lions Foundation, Rosholt, WI).

**Mary E. Drengler (nee Nelson), 75,Tomahawk, born in Sheboygan, married Alan H. Drengler, worked as accountant at Georgia Pacific Mill in Tomahawk, couple owned Casa De Amor Resort on Lake Nokomis for several years (died 5-20-16; funeral service Tuesday, May 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Larry Allan Dotter, 74, born in Waukesha, married to Mardelle for 49 years, U.S. Mary veteran (died 5-1-16).

**Delmore Lange, 87, born in Irma, grew up on farm there, worked many years at Lincoln Industries (died 5-16-16; funeral Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation will begin at 3 p.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**John C. Hall, 92, Tomahawk and formerly of Illinois, born in Cardiff, Wales, married Kathryn Price, served in Royal Navy, moved to Blue Island, Ill., worked as an engineer at GATX for over 30 years, long-time summer resident of Tomahawk (died 5-17-16; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting.)

Tomahawk Leader 5-24-2016 issue
Memorial Day tribute, plus Faces of Vietnam

You won’t want to miss the May 24, 2016, Tomahawk Leader. It features a wonderful, 8-page Memorial Day tribute that includes a fascinating story about Wisconsin’s successful search to find photos of all 1,161 state veterans listed on The Wall in Washington, D.C. Wisconsin is only the 5th state to be able to make that claim. The photos will become part of a new educational center located near The Wall. We have includes some of the photos from that ‘faces’ project, including area veterans, plus our own “wall of names.” The May 24 Leader is available on newsstands or you can subscribe to an Online Edition right here. It is a very nice remembrance keepsake

We also have listings of the area Memorial Day observances (see Photo Album) and much more. In addition, Gordy Lovsletten of the Tomahawk Historical Society is trying to located photos of a number of local veterans who were killed or died during wartime. Do you happen to have a picture of any of the following?
Merrill Bennett, WWI, MIA;
Louis Jorgensen, WWI, DIS;
Archie W. Tool, WWI, DIS;
Emil Kleinschmidt, WWI, DIS;
Frank A. Liberty, WWI, DIS;
Gordon F. Tozer, WWI, DIS;
George E. Baldwin, WWI, DIS;
Hiram W. Woodruff, WWI, DIS;
Patrick A. Robarge, WWI, DIS;
Wilfred Lehman, WWI, KIA;
Edward J. Trimberger, WWI, DIS;
Vernon R. Switzer, WWI, DIS;
Fred A. Burkland, WWI, KIA;
Arthur A. Langerbloom, WWI, DIS;
George W. Pinnell, WWII, KIA;
William Newton, WWII, DIS;
Floyd Boehnke, WWI, POW/DIS;
Vernon J. Van Norman, WWII, MIA;
William Lovshin, Cold War, DIS;
Donald Shaw, Vietnam, DIS;
Glenn D. Goldbeck, Vietnam, DIS

If you have a picture or information about any of these servicemen, contact Gordy Lovsletten at We’d welcome information, too, at, 715-453-2151 or Tomahawk Leader, P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 and would pass it along to him.

Tomahawk Leader 5-24-2016 issue
June 5 graduation

The Class of 2016 at Tomahawk High School is slated to graduate 107 at commencement exercises Sunday, June 5 in the Tomahawk Elementary School field house. The Tomahawk Leader will have a front row seat and take lots of pictures for its Graduation Section that will be published June 7. The section also includes individual senior photos of the new alumni, their post-graduation plans, scholarships, well-wishes from parents and businesses, and much more. Look for the keepsake package in the newspaper and with an Online Edition subscription right here.

New news & news briefs

**NEWS UPDATE (as of Friday, May 27): Jeff Hetfeld, board vice president of the Merrill Area Public Schools, has announced that he will step down from his role effective immediately. In an email to Board President Jen Seliger, Hetfeld didn’t give a reason for
resigning. His current term was scheduled to end in 2017.

**Some of the stories/ad information we have in the May 24, 2016, issue include:

**Northland Stainless rebranded to Samuel Pressure Vessel Group.

**Tomahawk High School's Drama Department will be presenting the children's play "The Frog Prince of Spamalot" Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the district auditorium.

**This year’s Tomahawk Fourth of July fireworks show might have taken a big financial hit when the city of Tomahawk had to make significant budget cutbacks this past fall, but the Tomahawk Lions Club is hoping the community will step forward to help assure this year’s celebration is just as good as ever. The Tomahawk Lions Club is looking to make up the $7,000 shortfall from the city through a new Go Fund Me campaign. Those wanting to support the cause can visit the Tomahawk Lions Facebook page that includes a link to the Go Fund Me page. Donations can also be made by sending checks made out to: Tomahawk Lions Club/Fireworks, P.O. Box 754, Tomahawk, WI 54487. For more information, visit

**Tomahawk School District’s Red, White, and Blue Day patriotic program takes place Thursday, May 26 at 2 p.m. in the Tomahawk Elementary School fieldhouse. The program this year is “Children’s Voices for America.” Kindergarten through fifth grade students will raise their voices in song showing respect for country and home.

**Dance in the haymow with music by DJ Eric Gladson ”That 1 Productions” at the 11th annual Barn Dance and Silent Auction Sunday, May 29 from 7 to 11:55 p.m. at the Darrell and Luann Lind Farm, N1169 German Settlement Rd., Ogema, town of Spirit. Gary Edinger will be calling square dancing, with free lessons offered to beginners. Refreshments of pie, ice cream, coffee and lemonade will be served. The silent auction ends at 10 p.m.

**The case against a 45-year-old Merrill woman charged with trying to suffocate an elderly man with a plastic bag will proceed after a judge ruled May 16 she is competent to stand trial. Stacey Hansen was in Lincoln County Court last week facing charges of first degree intentional homicide, felony strangulation, intentionally subjecting an individual to abuse and misdemeanor aggravated battery and bail jumping stemming from an incident in October. According to the 76-year-old victim, Hansen allegedly kneeled on his chest as she strangled him with a plastic bag.

**Discussion of whether or not to decrease the speed limit on County Highway L from 55 mph to 45 mph dominated meeting discussion at last week’s Nokomis Town Board meeting. More than 20 people were in attendance, and both sides of the proposal were represented by concerned citizens. Nokomis Town Chairman John Bowman concluded the topic by stating he would approach the county and public works department about this option, and revisit the topic at the next town meeting June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Nokomis Town Hall.

**In an effort to make roadwork zones safer for employees and motorists alike, the Lincoln County Highway Department will be implementing temporary rumble strips in construction zones starting this summer.

**The town of Lynne man involved in a standoff with law enforcement at his home near Tripoli entered not guilty pleas in Oneida County Court last week. Kenneth Welsh, 60, faces felony charges of first degree intentional homicide and first degree reckless injury as well as misdemeanor charges of battery and operating a firearm while intoxicated stemming from the incident at his residence April 19 that included a three-hour standoff with police.

**The city of Tomahawk has entered the running to become the new headquarters of the state Forestry Division.

**A 29-year-old was taken into custody after a search warrant related to possession of child pornography and exposing a child to harmful material was conducted Friday at 1404 Tannery Rd. In partnership with the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department, the Tomahawk Police Department executed the warrant and took Joshua O.R. Dewitt into custody on felony charges of child enticement and possession of child pornography.

Tomahawk Leader 5-24-2016 issue
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:

**Don’t miss a golden opportunity to join the team at McDonald’s.

**Due to a retirement and internal job transfer, the Tomahawk Leader is seeking a full-time Reporter.

**Lincoln County is utilizing temporary rumble strips on construction and maintenance projects on State Highways and county roadways.

**Attract an even larger crowd. Become part of the Community-Wide Rummage Sale in Tomahawk Saturday, June 11.

**Congratulate that graduate with a message in a special Graduation Section in the June 7 Tomahawk Leader.

**Applications are being accepted for an Information Technology Director for Lincoln County.

**The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office seeks an E-911 Telecommunicator.

**The School District of Tomahawk has an opening for a full-time Custodian.
Click on an ad itself and go right to the company’s website, if available.

Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 5-24-2016 issue
Seek alderperson

The city of Tomahawk is seeking letters of interest to represent District 2 (Wards 3 and 4) as Alderman Mike VanDeWeerd is resigning from the Common Council to apply for a position with the city. City Hall reported even to apply for a position with the city, elected officials must first resign to avoid any conflict of interest. Persons residing in the district can submit letters of interest to the clerk’s office at City Hall through June 3 at 5 p.m. For a description of the district’s boundaries, call City Hall at 715-453-4040 or visit the city’s website at

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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

Nature items:

**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow’s blog on our Message Board.

Related links

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

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

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