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Scout Iditarod

(Photo Story) Nearly 50 Boy Scouts descended on Camp Arrowhead in Tomahawk for the annual BSA Samoset Council Northwoods District Iditarod Race. The event has been a tradition in the Northwoods for roughly 17 years and was traditionally held in Phillips. This year they wanted to try something a little different, and Troop 548 Scoutmaster Christopher Erickson suggested Tomahawk. The weekend of fun in the outdoors included camping outside in a structure that the boys constructed. The boys and leaders alike braved frigid minus-11 degree temperatures through the night. Some of the events included ice fishing on the Wisconsin River, a broomball competition, an Iditarod Race and a Saturday night bonfire complete with jokes, skits and songs. Jerry Pankow spent the weekend with the boys as a historically accurate voyageur, showing them how they would survive in the winters of Wisconsin in the 1800s.

Tomahawk Leader 2-20-2018 issue; Contributed Photo
Woman hires hit-man to kill husband

A 27-year-old Rhinelander woman, Megan Danielczak, was arrested at her place of employment in Tomahawk Thursday in a foiled attempt to hire someone to kill her husband. Rhinelander police were alerted by a concerned citizen she had approached to commit the act. Ultimately Danielczak unknowingly met with an undercover agent from the Wisconsin Department of Justice who posed as a hit-man. According to officials, she made a down payment of money and property, promising the rest after her husband was dead. Danieczak faces felony charges of solicitation to commit first-degree intentional homicide.

Tomahawk Leader 2-20-2018 issue
Zero hour classes at THS

New "zero hour" courses are being planned next year at Tomahawk High School, giving interested students another option for educational choices the Tomahawk School board learned. Courses would probably be offered before school between 7 and 7:50 a.m. Participation would be optional for staff and students. Tomahawk Middle School Principal Wendell Quisenberry talked about redesigning sixth and seventh grade structuring to improve transition from elementary levels. As such, a pair of instructors may teach a pair of courses, allowing extended instruction time for math and language classes. Additional exploratory time also is planned, allowing foreign language, art, music offerings for all students. Eighth grade would remain focused on preparation for high school. Board president Cathy Meyer floated the idea of switching away from a committee structure to meeting monthly as a committee of the whole. Several board members welcomed the idea, but Curt Powell and Dick Huseby were extremely negative about the proposal.

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Sports shorts

**Tomahawk Hatchet sophomore Travis Phillips had himself a day competing at the WIAA Division 2 State boys' swim tournament held at the UW-Natatorium Feb. 16. Representing the Hatchet boys' swim team in two separate individual events, Phillips set new school records and finished in 4th place in both the 50 Free and 100 Butterfly.

**The Hatchet wrestling team also advanced an individual to state after eight Tomahawk wrestlers competed at the WIAA Div. 2 Oconto Falls Sectional Saturday. Wrestling at 152 pounds, Wyatt Wenninger (35-9) got pins over Berlin's Preston Morgan (33-9) and Aden Elsen of Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards after dropping his first match to finish in 3rd place and advanced to compete at state this Thursday. Hatchet wrestler Naleah Hedges competed in the WWF Women's High School Folkstyle State Tournament in Poynette Feb. 3 and finished atop the podium in the 120 pound weight after finishing the day undefeated and with two pins.

**The Tomahawk boys' basketball team played two thrillers on the road. Last Tuesday they traveled to Eagle River and took down Northland Pines for their first Great Northern Conference win of the season 54-50. Just like against Pines, Tomahawk battled back after being down big against Crandon Friday but were unable to top the Cardinals falling 64-60 on the road. The Lady Hatchets continued to improve on their impressive season picking up their fifth win of the season with a pair of road wins last week. Last Tuesday the Hatchets beat Goodman-Pembine 45-41 and Friday traveled to Phelps and got the 47-32 win.

**The Tomahawk hatchet boys' hockey team accomplished many of their goals this season including hosting a home WIAA Div. 2 game and notching a 7-3 win over Stevens Point Pacelli. Their season came to an end at top seeded Wausau West, but for Tomahawk it will be remembered as the first winning season since 2010-11 when the Hatchets finished with a 17-8 record. Hope is high for next season as this year's team reached their goal finishing with a 13-11-1 record.

**In a busy week around Tomahawk this coming weekend, Tomahawk Speedway is hosting the Winter Hatchet Nationals and the USSA and TLR Cup Tour snowmobile racing series this Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24. Described as the NASCAR of snowmobile racing without the roll cage or seatbelt, racers will fly around the one-third mile racetrack at Tomahawk Speedway reaching speeds of 90 mph as they enter hair-pin turns while jockeying for position.

**Those looking to watch some adult hockey while helping support a good cause can stop by SARA Park Friday through Sunday as 14 teams from around the state and region compete in the 5th annual Skating for a Cure as they compete for the Mary's Moscow Mule Cup. Proceeds from the tournament are used to benefit a Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit.

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Nature Notes:

**The Lincoln County Deer Advisory Council (LCDAC) and local Department of Natural Resource staff announced a special meeting this Wednesday to discuss the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) buck that was found in northeastern Lincoln County. As a result, a three-year deer bait and feeding ban went into effect at the start of February in both Lincoln and Langlade counties. (Oneida County was already under a bait and feeding ban for a CWD positive deer.) The special LCDAC meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Tomahawk High School cafeteria.

**The Somo Fish and Game Club will be hosting their 40th annual Ice Fishing Jamboree on Somo Lake this Saturday. The largest family-oriented ice fishing contest in the area, the Somo Lake tourney will feature plenty of prizes and food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. Same-day registration starts at the Hwy. CC boat landing at 8 a.m. with the contest set to begin at 9 a.m.

**Check our Snowmobile Report in the link under Paper Clips at left.

**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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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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Chill Out; pdf here

Winter is upon us and rather than hibernate, check out the Tomahawk Leader Chill Out pocket guide for fun outdoor and indoor activities to enjoy in the wintertime. We have an extensive Calendar of Events, information about local snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating, ice drags and much, much more. Look for the section in the pdf immediately below.

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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


**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Feb. 20, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Oiva Victor Maki, 93, Brantwood, born in Brantwood, 1942 graduate of Tripoli High School, married Violet Keto Wasti, employed by the Soo Line Railroad until retirement (died Monday, Feb. 19, 2018; funeral services Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Heindl Funeral Home, Prentice; visitation begins at 1 p.m.)

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Feb. 20, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**John J. Jesse, 93, Rhinelander, born in Tomahawk, graduated from Tomahawk High School in 1942, Navy veteran of World War II, Pharmacy degree, employed at Tomahawk Drug, married Shirley Ifland, on Tomahawk School Board, employed by Reardon Drug Store in Rhinelander, purchased business in 1970 and ran until retirement (died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018; memorial services Thursday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Rhinelander, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; in lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mark Lutheran Church or Never Forgotten Honor Flight; The Carlson Funeral Home, Rhinelander, assisting).

**Harold Schreffler, 94, Tomahawk, born in town of Wilson, lived and worked in Tomahawk entire life, logger, U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War (died Friday, Feb. 16, 2018; funeral services with military rites Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at noon).

**Walter Michael Baxter, 69, born in Kenosha, lived in Tomahawk and finally Stevens Point, worked as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, Army veteran of Vietnam War (died Jan. 25, 2018; private services at Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery, King; Pisarski Funeral Home, Stevens Point, assisted).

**Kenneth L. Glenzer Sr., 86, Tomahawk, born in Colby, lived in Rib Lake and then Tomahawk for 26 years, employed as a logger (died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018; life will be celebrated privately by his family; Krueger Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisted).

Tomahawk Leader 2-20-2018 issue
Mugs makes Packer FAN Hall of Fame!

The effort to have one of Tomahawk's own inducted into the Green Bay Packer FAN Hall of Fame paid off big time as Marguerite "Mugs" Bachhuber was bestowed the highest honor a Packer Backer could receive at a special induction ceremony held at Lambeau Field Feb. 13. A lifelong Packers fan who proudly bleeds green and gold, Mugs was selected by fans from a group of 10 finalists during a month-long voting period that saw more than 40,000 votes cast. Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy presented Mugs with a special plaque at the ceremony recognizing her as the 20th member. Look for pictures in the Feb. 20 Tomahawk Leader and through an Online Edition subscription right here.

Tomahawk Leader 2-20-2018 issue
When do we get our dot?

"When does Wisconsin get the dot?" Lincoln County Judge Jay Tlusty posed the question multiple times Friday at a Law Enforcement Roundtable held by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel as part of a statewide tour he's undertaking to talk about public safety directly with law enforcement and other county officials. Tlusty was referring to last week's school killing spree in Florida that resulted in 17 deaths. A TV news story that followed showed a national map with dots on states that had suffered such murders. Wisconsin did not have a dot. "When do we get our dot?" Tlusty queried in fear. Which students sitting in a classroom right now have to be the victims or the teacher who's teaching has to be the victim? Where are they in Wisconsin? "I don't want Merrill to be the next dot! I don't want Tomahawk to be the next dot!" Tlusty stated. Read more in the Feb. 20, 2018 Leader on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription right here.

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NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

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

**There is only one statewide race on the ballot today (Feb. 20), a primary for Wisconsin Supreme court, pitting Madison attorney Tim Burns, Middleton, Milwaukee Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet, Whitefish Bay, and Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, Reedsburg. Officially a nonpartisan position, politics has been evident. The two top vote-getters will vie to replace conservative Justice Michael Gableman, who is not seeking another 10-year term. There's also a primary for alderperson in District 4, City of Merrill Wards 8 and 9, with a face-off between incumbent Kandy Peterson, Steve Osness and Ronald McAllister. In both cases, the field will be narrowed to two for the April 3 spring election.

**Although Tomahawk hasn't had any issues to date, state law requires cross connection testing at the individual home and business level. Beginning in March, the city will initiate a three-year program to test water customers for backsiphonage and backpressure. The city has hired HydroCorp, New Berlin, to conduct an on-site survey over that timeframe at a cost of $25,380. Through 2020, hundreds of residential and commercial sites will be checked. All city buildings also will be inspected. There's lots more information in the Feb. 20, 2018, Tomahawk Leader.

** The Happy Snapper did it again! It retained the Golden Ladle Award for another year at Saturday's Super Soup Supper fundraiser for Our Sisters' House homeless shelter. Getting credit for the prize-winning, homemade Lasagna Soup was Mike Arnold, noted owner Chad Grube. The People's Choice went to Bambino's with is Chicken Cordon Blue Soup.

**Main Attraction Hair Salon and Tomahawk Cinema are joining together in bringing the community an opportunity to view an extraordinary film, Wonder, with a heartfelt message for free. Recently, the blockbuster film, "Wonder," was shown at the Tomahawk Cinema. The film's feel good message was a hit with moviegoers in the area. The free showings of "Wonder" will take place Feb. 16-22 with nightly showings at 7 p.m. Matinees are available on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. (2-13-18 issue)

**Tomahawk Main Street invites BID members and businesses, friends and volunteers to a Diamond Anniversary annual meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20 between 5 and 9 p.m. upstairs in the Tomahawk Community Bank community room. "We are celebrating 10 years of being a designated Main Street community. Recognitions to our many businesses and awards for our volunteers will be given out. A review of our committees and past and present goals as well will be discussed," notes Aimee Dickrell, executive director. (2-13-18 issue)

** Free Income Tax assistance provided by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation is available to people with low to moderate income, with special attention to those over age 60. Appointments are offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at the Tomahawk Senior Center, 113 S. Tomahawk Ave. To make an appointment, call 715-453-5757.

Tomahawk Leader 2-20-2018 issue
Nominate someone

The Tomahawk Leader is seeking nominations for the 63rd annual Tomahawk Community Awards program. Do you know someone who deserves to be honored? That unsung hero? That person with endless energy who seems to be on just about every committee? The man or woman who has given so much to a cause? That special employee or employer? That young person who you know will go far?

Sought are nominations for:

**Distinguished Service Award, The most coveted of honors, recognizing a long history of community service, exemplary accomplishments or that "unsung" hero.

**LEADERship Award, Citing outstanding leadership, typically over a length of time, within the community, organization(s) or position(s).

**Employee/Employer of the Year, Recognizing outstanding involvement, work ethic, contributions to the business or community, or unusual circumstances.

**Outstanding Youth LEADER, Outstanding academic, extracurricular and community accomplishments by a person age 18 or younger; most often a graduating senior.

Nominations should cite the reasons why one believes a person deserves the recognition. Judging will rely heavily on the information provided. Additional letters of recommendation are encouraged. One also needs to include a contact person, phone number and e-mail address for follow-up.

Send nominations to: Tomahawk Leader, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave., P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or e-mail to; put Community Awards in the subject line.

Save, move Spirit buildings

German Settlement History, Inc. has been part of the Spirit community for the last 15 years. Historical buildings, "Our Yesterday House" (built in 1885 and on the National Register of Historic Places) and "The Machine Shed (housing farming, logging, blacksmithing and carpentry along with other artifacts from the early 1900's through 1950)," are located at the corner of County Road YY and German Settlement Road on the property owned by Michael and Toni Meier. Due to personal reasons, the Meiers plan to move out west in the next couple of years to be closer to their children and grandchildren. To help keep the historic structures intact and preserve hundreds of Spirit artifacts that have been donated for public enjoyment, GSHI, as its first choice, approached the Spirit Town Board about possibly relocating the two buildings onto town property at the Spirit Town Hall on Hwy. 86. "This would allow for a permanent home for these historic buildings, giving easy access on public property and high visibility near the highway," notes Spirit Clerk JaNelle Nelson. Check the Photo Album for pictures.

GSHI is a tax-exempt organization. One can become a member by contributing $25 or more at any time of the year. Financial contributions may be made to German Settlement History, Inc., N894 S. German Settlement Rd., Ogema, WI 54459; phone 715-564-3299, email

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ONLINE ADS: Ad Center link with Display, Classified Ads

e 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.

**The Leader is putting together a highly anticipated 2018 Business Card Directory! There are lots of perks for one low price. Inquire at 715-453-2151 or

**There's still time to get your ad in the Tomahawk Leader Wedding Planner and First Time Home Owner section.

**A word from Paws 2 Think about your pet being cold and without a shelter.

**The Tomahawk Leader is looking for a part-time reporter. Are you curious?

**The City of Tomahawk is planning a series of PRAT meetings to give residents a chance to ask questions about the upcoming referendum.

**Great Lakes Western Inc. seeks OTR Drivers

**Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 2-13-2018 issue
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.

**The Leader is putting together a highly anticipated 2018 Business Card Directory! There are lots of perks for one low price. Inquire at 715-453-2151 or

**Great Lakes Western Inc. seeks OTR Drivers.

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

**A word from Paws 2 Think about your pet being cold and without a shelter.

**The Tomahawk Leader is looking for a part-time reporter. Are you curious?
**Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 2-20-2018 issue
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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2017 Tomahawk Community-wide Rummage Sale

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

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