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(Done) Workin' on the Railroad

(Photo story) "My passion is not only for the safety of people driving or walking around the tracks. It's for our employees, for them to be safe," says Tomahawk's Susie Klinger, the recently retired general manager at both Tomahawk Railway L.P. in Tomahawk and Ottertail Valley Railroad in Fergus Falls, Minn., about 175 miles northwest of Minneapolis. Klinger had been employed at the Tomahawk Railway L.P. for over 30 years at the time of her retirement on March 1. Throughout her career at the railroad, and through ownership and position changes, there was one value that Klinger held in the highest regard, and still does to this day: safety. Read more about Klinger, see a photo feature on local trains and read safety tips in this week's Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands now and through our Online Edition.

Tomahawk Leader 3-19-2019 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Construction on 2 juvenile facilities

Gov. Tony Evers last week announced that the Department of Corrections, in cooperation with the Department of Administration (DOA), will begin construction on two Type 1 juvenile facilities as directed by 2017 Wisconsin Act 185. One facility will be located in Milwaukee; the other in Hortonia in Outagamie County. "We are committed to getting kids out of Lincoln Hills and closer to home as soon as we safely and responsibly can," said Gov. Evers. Under the previous administration, a deadline was set to remove all juveniles from incarceration at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools in Irma by 2021. Plans have included converting the Irma institutions into a minimum security facility to house adult males, although no formal actions were approved. Gov. Evers has recommended funding to make that happen.

Tomahawk Leader 3-19-2019 issue
Coaching Special Olympics World Games

The long distance traveled and the nights of little sleep will all be worth it when assistant coach Bonnie Kahn of Tomahawk gets to see her athletes perform at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games being held in Abu Dhabi March 14-21. For Kahn, this will mark the eighth World Games she has had the pleasure of taking part in after getting involved with Special Olympics in Tomahawk and around the state over 30 years ago. Of the 40-member delegation being sent from the United States, the veteran coach is assisting with athletes from California, Iowa and Indiana who will be taking part in different track and field events. In all, the Special Olympics USA national team consists of roughly 250 athletes including delegates from Wisconsin who compete in bowling and golf events. Read the whole story in this week's Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription right here. The Opening Ceremony for this year's World Games will be covered live on ESPNEWS on Thursday, March 14 starting at 10 a.m. Live competition coverage also will air on ESPN3 and additional nightly coverage will air on ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ABC throughout the week. Coach Kahn will also be posting regular updates and the public can follow along by visiting her blog at

Tomahawk Leader 3-12-2019 issue
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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the March 26, 2019, Tomahawk Leader:

**David J. Sergeant, 69, Tomahawk, born in New Bedford, Mass., had doctorate degree, taught English, French and Spanish in 8 countries for 40 years as an educator, once taught with Oprah Winfrey, retired in 2010, moved to Tomahawk area and was a substitute teacher at Tomahawk High School and Lakeland High School (died Thursday, March 21, 2019; memorial Mass Tuesday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Doug D. Jensen Sr., 69, Tomahawk, born in Merrill, married Jean Prahl, U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, taxidermist (died Tuesday, March 19, 2019; celebration of life at later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the March 19, 2019, Tomahawk Leader:

**Robert "Bob" B. Henderson, 74, Tomahawk, born in Elkhorn, graduated from Washington Park High School in 1962, married Mary Stindle, started own plumbing business for 44 years, retiring in 2005, family moved to Tomahawk (died Wednesday, March 13, 2019; memorial services at Generation Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, at a later date).

**Mark C. Radtke, 66, born in Portage, grew up in Dousman, attended Kettle Moraine High School, moved to Tomahawk area in 1968, worked at Pinewood Country Club n Harshaw for 36 years in maintenance and grounds keeping, retired in 2014 (died Saturday, March 16, 2019; memorial services will be Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 11 a.m.)

**Helen M. Vander Voort, (nee Rzeszutek) 97, Harrison, born in Spirit Falls, married Hans Vander Voort, employed as a custodian for the Tomahawk School District for almost 50 years, retiring at age 79 (died Monday, March 11, 2019; Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, March 16 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Harrison, Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisted).

**David Lee Ruten, 73, tomahawk, born in Fort Smith, Ark., 1963 graduate of Aurora East High School, married Suzy Berzill, had been a police officer, woodworker, HazMat/fire instructor, worked at Tomahawk mill (died Tuesday, March 12, 2019; private family service, in lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the family).

**Randy J. Gaedtke, 61, Weston, born in Wausau, married Rhonda Weinke, worked at Northern Valley in Wausau for many years (died Thursday, March 14, 2019; memorial visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk).

Tomahawk Leader 3-19-2019 issue
BREAKING NEWS: Tomahawk Shopko Closing; Family Dollar, too

LATE-BREAKING ANNOUNCEMENT AND CONFIRMED MARCH 18, 2019: GREEN BAY, WIS., Shopko today announced that despite the company's best efforts, it was unable to find a buyer for its go-forward business as a going concern. As a result, Shopko will commence an orderly wind-down of its retail operations beginning this week. Further, the company is evaluating strategic options for its optical business.

The Company will not move forward with the auction that it previously contemplated, and Gordon Brothers will oversee a liquidation process that is expected to conclude 10-12 weeks from now.

Shopko is committed to ensuring the orderly wind-down of operations that minimizes the impact of this development on its teammates, customers, vendors and the communities it serves.

"This is not the outcome that we had hoped for when we started our restructuring efforts," said Russ Steinhorst, Chief Executive Officer. "We want to thank all of our teammates for their hard work and dedication during their time at Shopko."

The March 19 Tomahawk Leader also announces that Family Dollar, 105 N. 4th St., Tomahawk, will close May 16. More specifics were unavailable at presstime.

Tomahawk Leader 3-19-2019 issue
Might move THS library, weight room

A proposal is being considered as part of the Tomahawk School District's safety discussions to move the Tomahawk High School library, currently located off the commons area near the auditorium, field house and swimming pool, to Room 268, the former guidance office within the high school. In its place, the library might become the home for the weight room and fitness equipment, Superintendent Terry Reynolds told the School Board last Tuesday night.

Tomahawk Leader 3-19-2019 issue
NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

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

**Hometown Chiropractic's March Motivation with "Sunshine on Our Streets." Make a motivational poster and think positive on Wednesday.

**The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has termed the deaths of John Renken and his wife, Barbara, in the Town of Pine River, as a homicide/suicide.

**St. Mary's Parish and School are teaming up to form a St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Team. The event will take place Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. in the St. Mary's School cafeteria. A light meal of hot dogs and chips will be served for a free will donation to the cause. In the past seven years, the local team have raised just under $40,000 to help fund research for a cure to childhood cancer.

**Tomahawk Police Officer Brett Susa, Tomahawk School District resource officer, and Debbie Moellendorf, Positive Youth Development and Health and Well Being Educator with UW-Madison Division of Extension Lincoln County, will be sharing information about the latest drug trends in the community and common items being found in schools during a free "Not in This Neighborhood" Program Wednesday, April 3. They also will be sharing information about where to get help and tips for talking with teens about substance abuse. The session is open to parents and community members and will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Tomahawk High School LMC (enter through Door 6).

Tomahawk Leader 3-19-2019 issue
Sports shorts

**A week after the Tomahawk Squirts finished in 2nd place at State, the Tomahawk Youth Hockey Association's Pee Wee hockey team traveled to Sparta last weekend to take part in the 2019 WAHA Division 4 State Championship and finished in 1st place. Tomahawk opened with an 11-3 win over Altoona and took down Shawano 8-2 to advance to the championship game. In a thriller that would take two overtimes to decide, Tomahawk got the 5-4 win over Milwaukee Blaze to bring home the championship.

**The Tomahawk co-ed track and field team got their indoor season off on the right foot after the girls' team scored a 3rd place finish and the boys' team finished runner-up at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire Friday. Three Hatchets scored 1st place finishes in the season opener and coach Kurt Cordova said the senior leadership of his team really helped their younger teammates during the opening meet.

**The Tomahawk Figure Skating Club wrapped up their season at SARA Park over the weekend performing a Night at the Movies. A combined 40 performances choreographed to different famous songs were performed Saturday and Sunday afternoon including opening and closing acts performed by the entire Tomahawk Figure Skating Club.

Tomahawk Leader 3-19-2019 issue
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Nature Notes

**This week's Tomahawk Fishing Report talks about the changing conditions that have been happening on the ice now on a daily basis. One area fished had multiple layers of slush and ice. Another had one layer of ice and slush on top of the lake ice and yesterday we walked out on top of a fresh layer of ice that had formed above it all following the rain, don't forget the creepers on the boots. We were finding suspended crappies in anywhere from 16 to 20 feet deep with the biters suspended from eight to 10 feet below the ice. Tip downs and crappie minnows caught fish, as did micro tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms.

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

Tomahawk Leader 3-19-2019 issue
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