|And the snow keeps coming
(Photo Story) Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 18 crashes and 42 slide-offs in the past week, none of which involved injury. This vehicle was westbound on STH 86 near Pine Grove Lane west of Tomahawk during a snowstorm Thursday afternoon when the driver lost control and entered the north ditch and rolled, coming to rest on the car's passenger side. Tomahawk Leader 2-12-2019 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 12: we are getting lots of snow today! Up to 10 inches is predicted but it looks like it will be more. It's coming down so fast that even after shoveling, it looks like nothing has been done. School was cancelled again today! Read more below.
With the closing of the Shopko Pharmacy on the horizon, Trig's has announced it's on the fast track to open a pharmacy this spring, housed within its current Tomahawk grocery store at 662 N. 4th St. Trig's currently operates five other full-service, in-store pharmacies in Rhinelander, Minocqua, Eagle River, Wausau and Stevens Point. (Meanwhile (announced in the Feb. 12 Leader, Shopko has indicated that the Rhinelander Shopko is among 42 stores in Wisconsin and 251 nationwide that will be closed. The expected final day for Rhinelander is May 5. The Tomahawk Shopko Hometown will remain open, although things are scaling down for the pharmacy with no new drugs ordered.Tomahawk Leader 2-12-2019, 2-5-2019 issues
Well work bids higher than projected
The Tomahawk City Council unanimously has approved a well house renovation project for this summer. The bid came in much higher than anticipated. Projections were the project would cost between $800,000 and $900,000. However, two bids were submitted, one from August Winter & Sons, Inc. at $1.13 million and another from Staab Construction Corporation for $1.22 million. City Department of Public Works Director John Cole recommended approving the bid from August Winter & Sons, located out of Appleton. The work will upgrade and modernize the city's two well houses, which were constructed in the 1930's. The last major upgrades took place in the 1970's.Tomahawk Leader 2-12-2019 issue
Coming out of a lengthy and sometimes quite heated Personnel Committee meeting immediately prior to the full council meeting, elected officials voted to exceed budgeted amounts in the 2019 salary ordinance. Ordinance 2019-02 adjusts the annual and hourly salaries of the city clerk/treasurer and director of public works. Those positions are both salaried but include working many holidays and weekends. The police chief is compensated for the weekends and holidays he works, and the other department heads were not.
**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Feb. 19, 2019, Tomahawk Leader: Tomahawk Leader 2-12-2019, 2-5-2019 issues
**Marcelle "Marcie" A. Schmit (nee Lange), 88, Tomahawk (died Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, born in Irma, married Eugene J. Schmit, filled home with love, laughter, music, friendship and faith (died Monday, Feb. 11, 2019; funeral service Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation Friday, Feb. 15 from 4-7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, and again beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church).
**Miriam "Mitzi" Flynn (nee Kopelke), 79, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, 1957 graduate of Tomahawk High School, married Jerry Flynn, worked at Charlene's Gift Box, Solar Permanent, Thorp Finance and Timber Producers of MI and WI, was town of Bradley treasurer (died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019; Memorial Mass noon Wednesday, Feb. 20 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting.
**Mary Kuntz (nee Massa), 70, Mosinee, born in Tomahawk, attended Tomahawk High School, married to Craig Kuntz for 50 years, couple lived in Mosinee, she taught physical education for 29 years and coached track and field for more than 20 years in the Mosinee School District, retiring in 2009 (died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019; Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Monday at the church beginning at 10 a.m.; donations accepted to create a scholarship fund in her name.
**Arthur W. Scholz, 61, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Terry Kleinfeldt, worked at Harley-Davidson for 25 years (died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019; funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Northwood Vineyard Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Summaries of obituaries published in the Feb. 12, 2019, Tomahawk Leader:
**Kim M. Hamann (nee LeMere), 60, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, 1976 graduate of Tomahawk High School, had worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and machinist at Ryan Manufacturing in Wausau, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990, moved back to Tomahawk in 1994 (died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019; memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.)
**Jerome C. Rettig, 73, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, family moved to Bay View, Wis. when he was 6, 1964 graduate of Bay View High School, married Diane Lee, worked as a pipe fitter in the Milwaukee area for many years, retiring in 2004, couple moved to Tomahawk area (died Friday, Feb. 8; private entombment will be at Arlington Park Cemetery, Greenfield; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting).
**Mae A. Kretchmer, 71, Merrill and Tomahawk, born in Merrill (died Monday, Feb. 4, 2019; funeral services Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk).
**Matthew A. Teal, 34, Wausau, family moved to Lake Nokomis in 1990, 2003 graduate of Tomahawk High School, moved to Madison for a short time after college and then back to Wausau where he started career with U.S. Postal Service as assistant postmaster, played in a band throughout high school and college (died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, of natural causes; memorial service Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at noon; memorials appreciated to Tomahawk Public Library).
**John H. Vanderhoof, 68, Ogema, born in Phillips, for last 10 years worked as field enumerator for Department of Agriculture (died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019; celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Spirit Baptist Church near Ogema).
**Linda L. Oman, 66, Tomahawk, graduate of Tomahawk High School, homemaker before working as a word processor, worked as a home health aide and as a teacher's aide helping children with special needs, survived by significant other of 28 years, Larry Gallistel (died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Ernest Jon Christensen, 79, born in Esterville, Iowa, moved to Iola in 1953, worked in Hurley as 4-H county agent in UW Extension office, married Nancy Grandelis, moved to Iola in 1970, drove bus for Iola-Scandinavia schools and then worked at U.S. Postal Service in Iola for 32 years, retiring at age 67, cabin on Lake Mohawksin, Tomahawk (died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019; funeral services Friday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. at our Savior's Lutheran Church, Iola; Voie Funeral Home, Iola, assisting).
**Summaries of obituaries published in the Feb. 5, 2019, Tomahawk Leader:
**Delatta J. Grimm (nee Ernst), 77, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, grew up in Spirit Falls, 1958 graduate of Tripoli High School, after graduation moved to Milwaukee, worked as bank teller in Hales Corners, moved back to Spirit Falls in 1969, owned Falls Inn for several years, selling in 1981, worked as dietary assistant for over 30 years at Golden Age and Riverview Nursing Homes, Tomahawk, opened a refurbishing and re-purposing retail shop called "Daletta's Country Treasures" (died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019; Celebration of Life at a later date; arrangements handled by Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk).
**Arnold "Ole" W. Thone, 84, Tomahawk, born in Ashland, served in the US Army National Guard, married Alice Liberty, later married to Kathleen Petta, moved to Tomahawk in 1949 at age 15, worked for Raymond Lumber Company for 12 years, after active duty in the Berlin Crisis, established Ole's Floor Covering and then Ole's Building and Remodeling, worked at VanStrydonk Construction, retired at age 75 (died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019; funeral services with military honors Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, with visitation beginning at 5 p.m.)
**Leslie H. Mueller, 72, Tomahawk, born in Oconomowoc, 1964 graduate of Oconomowoc High School, married James Mueller (died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019; memorial services Sunday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, with visitation beginning at 3 p.m.)
**Woodrue Charles "Woody" Johnson, married for 58 years to Elinor Jane Davies Johnson, U.S. Army veteran, participated in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, couple ran family business, Deer Trail Lodge, Heafford Junction, was a heating engineer in the Midwest most of his working career, moved to Marquette, Mich., in 2006, involved with Habitat for Humanity and recognized at state level, moved to Ocala, Fla., in 2016 (died Jan. 24, 2019; in lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Hospice of Marion County, FL or Humanity Marquette County, MI.
|So cold there wasn't even mail delivery
The recent deep freeze caused something nearly unprecedented, no mail delivery. With temperatures of 35 below and much lower with the wind chill, the Post Office pulled its carriers off their walking and driving routes for not one day, but two! The edict started with everyone required to be off the street by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. There was no mail delivery Wednesday or Thursday, Jan. 30-31. The walk-up window was open all week and Post Office boxes got mail Wednesday. Clerks sorted parcels Wednesday, but even the delivery trucks were sidelined Thursday, so there was no incoming mail.Tomahawk Leader 2-5-2019 issue
Lots of missed school
Tomahawk schools have been closed due to weather six days since Friday, Jan. 25 (actually they are closed again Tuesday, Feb. 12 so that makes seven), which leaves administration scrambling to make up any necessary time to meet state requirements. Prior to last Thursday's additional cancellation, Superintendent Terry Reynolds said, "To make-up that time we cancelled the early release for today (Feb. 6), and starting on Feb. 11, we will begin school 5 minutes early (8 a.m.) at the (grade) 6-12 building for the rest of the school year. If we have additional cancellations, we will need to make those days up. We will look at cancelling some or all of the remaining early releases, adding days in June, etc."Tomahawk Leader 2-12-2019 issue
**A total 11 wrestlers advanced as individuals and the Hatchets advanced as a team after winning the WIAA Division 2 Regional held in Amherst over the week. The Hatchets scored 270 points to win the meet ahead of Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards who finished in 2nd place with 246.5. Tomahawk was scheduled to take on Freedom at Brillion tonight (Tuesday) for a shot to advance to state as a team but the game had to be postponed due to weather. The WIAA D2 Sectional for individuals is this Saturday, Feb. 16 at Wrightstown.Tomahawk Leader 2-12-2019 issue
**The Hatchet hockey team was scheduled to take on Mosinee in the WIAA Round 1 Regional playoffs but that game has been moved to tomorrow (Wednesday) due to winter weather and school cancellation. The Hatchets head into the playoffs on a high note after getting non-conference wins over Merrill/Wausau East and Negaunee to finish out the regular season. Opening puck drop at SARA Park against Mosinee is at 7 p.m.
**The Lady Hatchets managed to score their first conference win of the year earlier in the season on the road against Northland Pines. The Eagles were able to split the series after getting the 39-33 win at Hatchet Fieldhouse Friday. Tomahawk actually outshot Pines in the second half but couldn't rebound after a slow start to the game where they put just 11 points on the board in the first half. The Hatchet boys also dropped a conference game Friday falling to Mosinee by a score 70-37.
**Unable to properly taper heading into the WIAA Sectional over the weekend, the Tomahawk boys' swim team finished in 6th place. While the Hatchets were unable to advance any swimmers, the GNC will be well represented at the Natatorium in UW-Madison this Friday as Rhinelander will send eight individuals and two relays and Lakeland advanced six individuals and two relays.
NEWS UPDATES: News briefs
A summary of just some of the stories you'll find in this week's Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 2-12-2019 issue
**2019 Wedding Planner and First Time Homeowner section in this week's Tomahawk Leader.
**Find out what happened to those Sweetheart candies, the hearts with the messages, that you won't see around for Valentine's Day this year.
**Tomahawk High School and Middle School honor rolls announced.
**Andrew Samundsen and Layla Petersen are top school geographers. First place spelling finalists are Zack Larson and Scarlet McKenzie.
**We've published the compliance checklist created by a jointly appointed monitor named to check on the status of the court orders issued in the case related to the use of room confinement, chemical agents, mechanical restraints and strip searches at Lincoln Hills School and Copper Lake School in Irma.
**Free Tax assistance offered by AARP.
**Academic Success Center open.
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**This week's Tomahawk Fishing Report talks about the tough conditions anglers have been facing of late as the polar vortex was followed by feet of snow limiting travel on the ice to snowmobiles. Some nice perch were being caught on Tomahawk area flowages leading up to the change in conditions. And the Harshaw Sports Club announced a record 210 students have signed up to take part in their 2nd annual Northwoods Invitational. More than 30,000 clay targets are expected to be launched during the two-day target shoot being held May 17-18 at the Harshaw Sports Club.Tomahawk Leader 2-12-2019 issue
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Kinship kids need you!
The Jan. 29, 2019 issue of the Tomahawk Leader has 5 full pages dedicated to Kinship of Tomahawk's mentoring program. Meet the kids who are patiently waiting for someone like you to be their mentor, special activities, including community service projects, and how simple it is to become a mentor, an after-school tutor or a lunch buddy who eats with a child at school. To see the layout, pick up a Leader on newsstands or subscribe to the Online Edition right here. Also visit kinshiptomahawk.org or call 715-453-9010. You could make a world of difference in a child's life.Tomahawk Leader 1-29-2019 issue
See updates from the Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club and an announcement involving the Lincoln County snowmobile trails in the Snowmobile Trail Report link to the left in our Paper Clips. The Snowmobile Report is sponsored by Tomahawk Sports Center. Updates for Lincoln, Oneida and Price Counties are posted when they become available.Tomahawk Leader 1-29-2019 issue
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