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Railroad work detour starts Oct. 22

(Photo Story) Through traffic along STH 86 (South Tomahawk Avenue) will be completely closed for approximately five days next week as Wisconsin Central Ltd (CN) reconstructs the railroad crossing at West Putnam Street beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the day Friday, Oct. 26. While the general public will likely look to County Road CC, Somo Dam and Zenith Tower, which still adds approximately 17-1/2 miles and some 25 minutes one way, the official detour filed by CN with the state Department of Transportation is much longer and involves Hwys. 51, 8, 13 (in the Ogema area) and 86. CN's 24-hour emergency contact number is 1-800-465-9239. CN's general public inquiry contact is 1-888-888-5909 or via email at Read about how the PCA mill/logging trucks, school buses, Post Office and general public will need to adjust in the Oct. 16 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 10-16-2018 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Water tower repairs

Tomahawk Director of Public Works John Cole has had some heart-stopping moments in his job but learning there was a leak at the city's water tower Friday, May 11 was 400,000 times worse. A 16-inch sand pipe in the 1980 structure had corroded around the water tap and burst, he said. A temporary fix held throughout the summer, but a full repair had to be planned. Work is underway this month. August Winter & Sons was awarded the contract in August for $95,000. Cole was asked to explain the process and discusses draining the tower and the timeline for repairs in a story this week.

Tomahawk Leader 10-16-2018 issue
2 squads rammed

Two Lincoln County Sheriff's Office squads were damaged about 10 p.m. Oct. 11 when deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit that resulted in the arrest of Ralph Noonan, Almond, Wis. The chase began in Lincoln County. Two deputies attempted to stop the suspect vehicle which fled at speeds of 100 mphs over a distance of more than 14 miles. The chase continued into Oneida County. The suspect came to a stop on Lakewood Road in the township of Cassian where he reported rammed one of the patrol units, and then was struck by the second patrol unit. The suspect fled for a short distance before coming to a stop in the road again. This resulted in the second patrol unit ramming the suspect vehicle to disable it and apprehend the suspect. The suspect attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended by the two deputies. Noonan has since been charged with three felonies, including first degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Flee/Elude Officer and Bail Jumping, as well as misdemeanors.

Tomahawk Leader 10-16-2018 issue
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Tomahawk Leader 10-16-2018 issue
Nature Notes

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


**Summaries of obituaries published in the Oct. 16, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Timothy L. Hodges, 61, Tomahawk, born in Michigan, lived in Tomahawk area for many years, worked as florist at House of Flowers, also a caregiver for those with disabilities, also had worked as a waiter (died Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, of an aneurism; memorial service Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Richard "Rich" Rokosz, 87, Hazelhurst, born in Chicago, U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Korean War, worked as a glazier, moved to Hazelhurst in 1990, married Joanne Zastrow, owned Rustic Inn for many years (died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018; memorial service with military rites Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 1 p.m.)

**Raymond Francis Bloomer, 74, Merrill, married to MaryAnn Theresa Prasnick, served in U.S. Air Force, taught and coached at John Muir Middle School, past member of Lincoln County Board of Supervisors (died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018; celebration of life Oct. 13 at Lincoln County Sports Club, Merrill; Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Merrill, assisted).

Tomahawk Leader 10-16-2018 issue
Don't judge me: domestic violence survivor story

"Why didn't you just leave?" That's the question I heard over and over. No one can even begin to understand until they have lived through it. Don't judge. It's not that easy to "just leave." A person may be afraid of what will happen if they decide to leave the relationship. Statistics are that a woman will leave seven times before she leaves for good. You may wonder why it takes so many attempts, but 70 percent of homicides in cases like this are when the victim tries to leave. This is just a small part of an excellent personal story by a survivor of domestic violence we feature in our Oct. 16 Tomahawk Leader. The Domestic Violence Awareness Month pages also talk about the services offered by HAVEN; Hands of Hope artwork made by abused women and the how the sales support HAVEN; Tri-County Council's support and upcoming Lily's House Fun Run; Elder Abuse Fact and Statistics; and domestic violence prevention, red flags and the Power and Control Wheel. You can find the stories in the newspaper on newsstands now or in our Online Edition available here.

Tomahawk Leader 10-16-2018 issue
Health insurance $700,000 transfer

The Lincoln County self-funded Health Insurance Fund has seen an increase in claims of 22 percent in 2017, creating a net loss of $964,729. The fund has continued incurring high claims in 2018, causing a $541,977 loss through August, resulting in a drop in operating cash of $937,441 in the past year. Because the remaining operating cash of $569,692 is not sufficient for meeting cash needs for the remainder of 2018, and because the county's general fund has an unassigned balance of $1 million in addition to cash flow needs, the County Board of Supervisors will be asked Oct. 16 to approve transferring $700,000 from assigned funds in the general fund to the Health Insurance Fund for cash flow purposes.

Tomahawk Leader 10-16-2018 issue
Sports shorts

**A pair of Tomahawk sports teams made history last week as the Hatchet football team beat Marathon for the first time since joining the Marawood Conference and the THS girls' swim team defeated Rhinelander.
Had the Lady Hatchets not allowed a team to score in a couple events earlier in the season to avoid blowing the score out of the water, they would have finished the season 77-0 in races. Instead, Tomahawk finished the season a perfect 7-0 in conference after winning all 11 events against Rhinelander in a 106-64 win. On Saturday they traveled to Shorewood to take part in the Small School State Meet where Kylee Theiler got a first in the 200 free and the team finished in 7th place.

**In another historic win, the Hatchet football team hosted Marathon Friday at Hatchet Field and got the 20-18 win, the first time they have beat the Red Raiders since joining the Marawood Conference. Tomahawk would jump out to a 20-6 lead heading into half and held off Marathon's second half comeback to get the big win.

**The Tomahawk co-ed cross country team placed six runners on the All Conference Team after both the boys' and girls' teams finished in 3rd place at the Great Northern Conference Championship held in Rhinelander Saturday. Medford won both varsity races.

**The Hatchet spikers also finished out the week scoring two impressive accomplishments. A 3-0 set win in Rhinelander last Tuesday resulted in a season sweep of the Hodags and added another in the win column to give the Hatchets 20 victories on the year.

Tomahawk Leader 10-16-2018 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, 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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NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

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

**Children's book author visiting library, school.

**Scarecrow contest.

**Shoveling leaves off sidewalk.

**Matthew Anderson joins mBank branch.

**Mathein is second losing sheriff candidate to seek write-in.

Tomahawk Leader 10-16-2018 issue
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

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