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'The Mill Pond'

(Photo story) SCENES FROM TRIPOLI’S HISTORIC PAST taken from Larry Peil’s lifetime collection featured in the new book “The Mill Pond.” A 1956 Tripoli High School graduate, Peil’s lifelong passion was to collect all things Tripoli. Assisting with his endeavor were Virginia Jones and Robin Comeau. Read more about Tripoli and Peil’s new book in the Jan. 27 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription here. The book is for sale at Old Towne Mall in downtown Tomahawk.

Tomahawk Leader 1-27-2015 issue; Contributed Photos
Murder charges 12 years later

A Tomahawk woman has been charged in connection with the 2003 death of a Rhinelander man. Latoya (Shaver) Wolf, 33, faces one felony charge of first degree intentional homicide and a misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer stemming from the death of Kenneth Punky” Wells, 45, whose body was recovered from the Wisconsin River in Rhinelander just days after he was reported missing back in 2003. Well’s death was originally ruled a drowning until Latoya provided investigators with more details about the killing that she said she witnessed. Wolf reportedly told investigators in 2012 that two men were responsible for Wells’ death after Wells failed to pay for some marijuana he purchased from a friend. One of the men, James R. Jones (also known as James R. Thomas), 42, New Richmond, was also charged with homicide Jan. 19, but that charge was dismissed a day later before his initial appearance. The other man has denied knowledge of the incident. Wolf appeared in court via video for an initial appearance Jan. 20. Her bond was set at $100,000, with an adjourned initial appearance scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in Oneida County Court, Rhinelander.

Tomahawk Leader 1-27-2015 issue
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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:

**CNAs, full- and part-time shifts are available at Golden LivingCenter-Golden Age.

**Edward Jones is seeking an On-Call Branch Team Associate.

**Clean As Can Be Services is hiring Cleaning Technicians in the Tomahawk area.

**The Lincoln County Maintenance Department requests proposals to purchase a 2015 Front Mount Mower.

**Main Street Investment Group LLC is in need of a full-time Financial Assistant.

**Due to a retirement, Mechanical Incorporated has an immediate opening for an Administrative Secretary.

**Charter NEX Films, Inc., is seeking a full-time Maintenance Tech/Electrician.

**Applications are being accepted for a Confidential Secretary in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

**Louisiana-Pacific Corporation needs a qualified individual to fill the position of Industrial Maintenance Electrician.

**CDL Truck Drivers and Grader Operator wanted by Musson Brothers, Inc., Rhinelander.

**Louisiana-Pacific’s Tomahawk plant is accepting applications for a temporary Production Laborer position.

**Packaging Corporation of America’s Tomahawk mill is adding candidates to its Labor Pool.

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

Tomahawk Leader 1-27-2015 issue
NEW NEWS and News Tidbits

**Angela Bailey is the new VP, replacing Dick Huseby at Church Mutual.

**See the multiple-page spread on the Tomahawk Kinship program and find out why you should consider becoming a mentor to a child.

**From wolves to Gogebic mine, State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Mary Czaja talk issues at Tomahawk listening session.

**Hope for homeless shelter; concerned citizens discuss how Tomahawk’s homeless population can best be served. Another meeting slated Jan. 29. See the Community Calendar.

**Savvy Senior: How to Take Care of Your Kidneys.

**Scrap proceeds lead to $1,500 HAVEN donation.

**THS Winter Carnival kicks off week: Winter Ball is Saturday.

**Meet Sebastian Bauer, a THS foreign exchange student.

**‘Souper Bowl’ chili, soup supper supports Our Sisters’ House.

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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.

Nature items: Oneida Cty opens snowmobile trails

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


Summaries of obituaries published in the Jan. 27, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Graham H. Rankin, 81, town of Rock Falls, born in Merrill, married Marcia Kaufman, worked 30 years at Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Tomahawk, served on Town of Rock Falls Town Board for more than 40 years and was currently town chair; Lincoln County Board supervisor, continued to raise beef cattle on farm in town of Rock Falls, also did logging (died 1-22-15; funeral Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at S. Paul's Lutheran Church, Irma; visitation from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and again at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the church).

**Sally O’Malley, 63, Wisconsin Rapids (died 1-23-15; funeral arrangements pending with Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk).

**Clara Willett (nee Copiskey), 91, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, lived in Aurora, Ill., for many years working with special needs children (died 1-23-15; funeral Monday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; memorials appreciated in her name to Special Olympics).

**Ronald H. Jensen, 71, Tomahawk, born in Waupaca, served in U.S. Navy, married Ethel Drummond, the couple spent 26 years in Tomahawk, previously owned Ron Jensen Chevrolet of Tomahawk, a mayoral proclamation in this week's Tomahawk Leader proclaimed Monday, Jan. 19 as "Ron Jensen Day" and named the renovated hall at Bronsted-Searl Post 93 American Legion the "Ron Jensen Honor Room" (died 1-20-15; services Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation will begin at 1 p.m.; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 1-27-2015 issue
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Joint Fairgrounds proposed

Stop “grandstanding” and let’s get something done. Oh, and what to do with a dead horse. That was more or less the gist of the continuing saga of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds at last week’s County Board meeting. The storyline continued with a final report from Markin Consulting on the feasibility and future of the Merrill-based Fairgrounds. The ultimate recommendation is that the county and city of Merrill work together toward joint ownership and operation of current county site. Read more about the reaction, the continued controversy, Merrill Mayor Bill Bialecki’s thoughts and the 15-5 vote to research combining efforts in the Jan. 27 Tomahawk Leader. You can access an Online Edition subscription right here.

Tomahawk Leader 1-27-2015 issue
Liver transplant patients head home

The news is great concerning Ginny Bablick, the Tomahawk woman who received a liver transplant Jan. 13, and her donor, Fr. John Anderson, her priest from St. Mary Catholic Church in Tomahawk. Ginny headed for home Sunday and Fr. John’s suitcases were packed and he was patiently waiting for his ride as of yesterday (Monday) morning. The lengthy surgeries took place at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. Fr. John gave some 60% of his liver in the live transplant during at 12-1/2 hour surgery. Ginny was in surgery some 16 hours. Ginny is said to be doing amazingly well and was anxious to get home and recover. One of her hospital updates indicated that her bad liver was dissected and tested after it was removed and a nickel-size cancerous tumor was found. The cancer was isolated and had not spread to any other parts of her body. “The timing of Fr John’s gift is truly a blessing,” the family said.

Sport recap

**Martha Schouweiler, Irma, won the 2015 John Beargrease sled dog race over the weekend. Her overall time on the grueling 107-mile trail from near Duluth to Devil Track Checkpoint on the north shore of Lake Superior was eight hours and 56 minutes, beating out 28 other racers. She had second- and third-place finishes in the past two years. Handling her eight-dog team was her son, Chad Schouweiler.

**Tomahawk Special Olympics athletes competed in Saturday’s Special Olympics Winter State Games at Nine Mile Forest in Wausau with the following results: snowshoers: Phillip Bethel, second place, 400m race and third place, 200m race; Erica Wishman, sixth place, 200m race and sixth place, 100m race; Alexis Ammerman, third place, 100m race and third place, 50m race; cross country skiing: Matthew Lawrence, first place, 1k race and first place, 500m race.

All Tomahawk High School winter sports teams were in action last week:

**Boys’ basketball: lost at Hayward 55-43, Jordan Roessler had 17 points; lost to visiting Medford 47-36 in a Great Northern Conference (GNC) match-up, Roessler led with 19 points.

**Girls’ basketball: lost to Waupaca 37-30; lost to host Medford 61-24.

**Boys’ hockey: lost 7-1 to visiting Waupaca, Alex Ungerer scored the Hatchets’ lone goal; lost 5-4 at Marshfield, scoring for Tomahawk were Ungerer, Renn (two goals) and Jakob Panzer.

**Girls’ hockey: lost 3-2 in overtime to Rhinelander/Antigo, Erika Vallier scored both Tomahawk goals; defeated Siren/Webster 4-0, Vallier had three goals, and Chelsea Garinger got her first goal of the year.

**Boys’ swimming: beat host Rhinelander 80-79, Logan Loretz set a new school record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.37 seconds; other winners for Tomahawk were Nathan Goehe (200 freestyle), Kole Svacina in 500 freestyle and 200 medley relay (Svacina, Loretz, Goehe and Peyton Hamm).

**Wrestling: Hatchets beat Athens 35-33, had pins by Slade Erdman at 195 in 4:32 and Dane Borchardt in 2:32 at 220 pounds; beat Lakeland 45-24 in a GNC dual meet, winning by pin were Tyler Wittmann at 152 pounds, Blake Mueller at 160; Jacob Pieffle at 170; Slade Erdman at 182; and Jake Borchardt at 220; won the Redbird Duals at De Pere posting a 5-0 dual meet record.

*Look for the sports schedule in the School Calendar.

Tomahawk Leader 1-27-2015 issue
No one running for city; 4-way race for school

**Seats in District 1 and District 3 on the Tomahawk Common Council will need to be filled by write-in candidates after no papers were returned by last week’s deadline to appear on the ballot for the upcoming spring election. The two council positions were left vacant after current council chair Bruce Hetzel filed for non-candidacy for District 1 and Brian Viegut chose not to seek re-election for District 3. Alderman Roger Schlegel also filed for non-candidacy for District 2. Mike Loka returned papers for District 2 and will run as an unopposed candidate on the April 7 ballot. After being appointed to fill the District 3 seat vacated when Don Nelson stepped down to take a job out-of-state, new Alderman Mike VanDeWeerd will run unopposed for the three-year term open in that district.

**There will be a four-way race for two city of Tomahawk seats on the Tomahawk School Board. Current member Dale Ernst filed a non-candidacy declaration. Board president Ken Schulz is seeking re-election to one of the city seats. Also interested in representing the city of Tomahawk are newcomers Tyler Stevenson, Becky Theiler and Cathy Schmit.

Tomahawk Leader 1-13-2015 issue
Supervisor Rankin dies

Long-time Lincoln County Board Supervisor Graham Rankin, 81, Irma, died Thursday. Lincoln County Clerk Chris Marlowe noted Rankin had been hospitalized due to pneumonia. Rankin represented District 22 which includes the townships of Merrill and Rock Falls. He was a member of the county Forestry, Solid Waste and Public Property committees. Rankin also served on the Rock Falls Town Board for more than 40 years and currently was town chairman. He had worked for more than 30 years at Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) in Tomahawk. He also raised beef cattle and did logging. He and his wife, Marcia, were married just months shy of 50 years.

Tomahawk Leader 1-27-2015 issue
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