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Donate to wrap-around flower baskets

(Photo story) Tomahawk has become known for its flowers that beautify the downtown each summer. The flowers cascade over baskets hanging from city light poles. But the hanging baskets have required a major time commitment as "rainmakers" have had to religiously water the flowers each day. And, as the baskets have aged, Tomahawk Main Street looked for an alternative. There is excitement in the announcement that new baskets will be introduced this summer. The 28-inch wrap-around features a 2.2-gallon reservoir system that will allow three to four days between watering, saving on manpower and on wear and tear to the utility vehicle. The replacement project comes with a $5,000 price tag. Sponsor donations are being sought to cover expenses. Donations of $165 cover the cost of a wrap-around basket. Fifty dollars adds the flowers. Any amount is appreciated. To help with this beautification project, visit the Tomahawk Main Street web page at and look for the "Foster Flowers" tab, which has a Paypal link that allows credit or debit payments, or send a check to Tomahawk Main Street, P.O. Box 131, Tomahawk, WI 54487. For more information, email, or call 715-453-1090.

Tomahawk Leader 5-14-2019 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Marshfield, Gundersen health systems may merge

Marshfield Clinic Health System and Gundersen Health System, a non-profit integrated healthcare network headquartered in La Crosse, are discussing how the two organizations might come together to collectively enhance the level of care across Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and southeastern Minnesota. A possible merger could create a health system led by more than 2,000 clinicians and with more than 18,000 total employees.

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You Could Have Money Coming!

You Could Have Money Coming! This week's Tomahawk Leader contains a Wisconsin Department of Revenue listing of people/businesses that appear to be owners of unclaimed property. It's worth taking a look to see if you see your name.

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Forestry & Wood Products Pages; pdf below

The March 26, 2019, Tomahawk Leader includes a 6-page section dedicated to Forestry & Wood Products. In it you'll find stories about Smokey Bear's 75th birthday and a special way he's celebrating at kids' birthdays; why regular chimney cleanings are crucial; R-Store Hwy. 51 Merrill Truck Stop's top national ranking; a first-hand look at the life of a logger; Sustainable Forestry; City Worker educates residents through website; Remembering UW Researcher Eloise Gerry; Helping Protect Your Oaks from Oak Wilt; Timber Production Evolution in the Lake States; Emerald Ash Borer Found in Few Locations in Northwoods; Soldier, Senator, Lumber Baron William Vilas; Tomahawk High School Students Technical Woodworking Class; and much more. See the adjacent pdf 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

Here's My Card! Business Card Directory; pdf below

Check the pdf below for the Tomahawk Leader 2019 Business Card Directory, featuring more than 100 businesses. The directories also are available at many participating businesses. The connections start here!

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**Summaries of obituaries published in the May 21, 2019, Tomahawk Leader:

**Ramona M. "Mona" Cannady (nee Smith), 83, Tomahawk, born in Presque Isle, Wis., married to Pastor Don D. Cannady, couple moved to Tomahawk in 1974, worked as a church secretary for many years, volunteered with Hospice, led a grief support group (died Wednesday, May 15, 2019; funeral service Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; memorials in her name to Lincoln County Humane Society and Ascension Ministry Hospice; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting.

**Daniel D. Haring Sr., 88, Appleton, born in Tomahawk, grew up in Harrison and Tomahawk area, married Dorothy Schukart, moved to Kaukauna where he worked for Van Dyne's Hoven Buick Chrysler, retiring in 1995, moved back to Tomahawk, preceded in death by his first wife, later married to Lolita (died Monday, May 13, 2019; funeral services Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.).

**Bernadine "Bernie" Carol Timm, 86, born in Milwaukee, graduated from Rufus King High School, worked at A.O. Smith Corporation in Milwaukee for 30 years, retiring at age 48, in 1985, she and husband, Fred, moved to Irma (died April 19, 2019; memorial service at noon Saturday, June 1 at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Pewaukee, visitation begins at 11:30 a.m.; in lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in the couple's name at Tomahawk United Methodist Church, 1104 School Rd., Tomahawk, WI 54487; Krause Funeral Home, Brookfield, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the May 14, 2019, Tomahawk Leader:

**John "Abe" Stahmer, 76, born in Wausau, graduated from Wausau High School, married Jane (Oemichen) Stahmer, principal at Tomahawk High School for many years (died Sunday, May 5, 2019; Funeral services Wednesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Tomahawk; visitation Tuesday, May 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Wednesday beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the church, memorials to Friends of Clear Lake or United Methodist Church; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Robert "Bob" B. Henderson, 74, Tomahawk, born in Elkhorn, Wis., grew up in Racine County, graduated from Washington Park High School in 1962, married Mary Stindle, started own plumbing business and ran it for 44 years, retiring in 2005, moved family to Tomahawk (died in Arizona on Wednesday, March 13, 2019; celebration of life Saturday, May 18 from 4-8 p.m. at Oak's Pub, Tomahawk; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Fran B. Mabee (nee Swan), 87, Shakopee, Minn., born in Harrison, worked as a nurse at Belle Plaine Lutheran Home, married Jim Mabee (died Friday, May 10, 2019; Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Mary, Shakopee; visitation Monday, May 13 from 5-8 p.m. at McNearney-Schmidt Funeral Home, Shakopee, and again Tuesday from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church).

**James P. "Gordy" Koski, Tomahawk, born in Ironwood, Mich., graduated from St. Ambrose high School in Ironwood, married Arlene Sell, worked at Packaging Corporation of America (died April 29, 2019; celebration of life Friday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, Tomahawk; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

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Mindak appointed to Federal Reserve Board

Val Mindak, CEO/president of Park City Credit Union, has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis advisory council. The Community Depository Institution Advisory Council (CDIAC) provides information, advice and recommendations to the Minneapolis Fed President. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, with the board of governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System, the nation's central bank.

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Drug drop box at Tomahawk Pharmacy

Healthy Minds for Lincoln County recently received funding from the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth and Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital to purchase a new permanent prescription drug box for Lincoln County. This unit will be located at Tomahawk Pharmacy, 844 N. 4th St., Tomahawk. Drop-offs are accepted during normal business hours of Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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Sports shorts

** The Lady Hatchet softball team proved they can play with the best Friday at Hatchet Field as Tomahawk nearly pulled off an impressive comeback win against the #2 seeded team in the state in Division 2. Down 5-0 late in the game, Tomahawk would rally to pull within 6-3 heading into the final inning. After some big hits and some timely base running, the Lady Hatchets managed to pull within one run with runners on second and third with just one out. While Tomahawk was unable to close out Mosinee, they did manage to win two other games on the week including another thriller over Lakeland earlier in the week.

**There is no place like home, and the Tomahawk co-ed cross country girls' team proved it last week after winning the seven-team Hatchet Invite held at Hatchet Field. The Lady Hatchets won a pair of relays and finished runner up in two others to help score 158 team points to win the event. The boys' team also scored a 1st place finish in the 4x800 relay to help them finish in 3rd place behind Rhinelander and Northland Pines.

**Ty Gerstenberger turned in the best round for a Hatchet golfer in the past two years in a conference meet finishing with an 85 in Minocqua to finish in 8th place individually. The team finished in 6th place finish at Timber Ridge Golf Course as well as posted another 6th at Rhinelander later in the week.

**The Tomahawk Hatchet baseball team dropped a pair of doubleheaders falling to Northland Pines on the road and the top team in the GNC at home. The Tomahawk nine managed to stick with Medford in the first game of the doubleheader before the Raiders opened things up later in the game to get the 10-0 win. Earlier in the week they played Pines tough in a game one thriller but couldn't overcome an early deficit and fell 11-8.

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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:

** A Northwood Idol Karaoke Contest with trophies and cash prizes will take place Saturday, May 18 at Inshalla Country Club as a Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Junior Idols, ages 17 and under, compete between 5:30 and 7 p.m. The entry free for them is $10 and they will vie for trophies and prizes. The adult Northwoods Idol contest for ages 18 and up starts at 7 p.m. Their entry fee is $20 and the first place prize is $250 cash and a trophy. Registration begins at 5 p.m. For more information or to donate to the cause, contact Valorie Nelson at 715-966-2398 or

**Park City reports strong performance at annual meeting.

**Police chief tells parents about dangers of social media.

**Tomahawk High School Senior Art Gallery May 15.

**Jim Graeber retires from City Council after 22 years.

**Ice Age Trail announces Spring Wildflower Hike.

**An evening with author Victoria Houston.

**St. Paul's hosting Coffee with a Cop.

**Look for our Spring Into Summer special section, filled with information about: "Simple Strategies for a Larger Tomato Harvest," "How to Protect Your Yard from Deer," "Early Landscaping Tips," "Prevent Bugs, Sap, Other Substances from Ruining our Vehicle" and "Early Season Yard Care," among many others.

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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.

**Nicolet College is seeking: full-time LTE Medical Assistant Academic Coach/Laboratory Assistant and Nursing Instructors; part-time Dual Credit Academic & Career Advisor LTE and Traffic Safety Adjunct Instructors.

**Healthcare Services Group is advertising for Dietary Aides and Dietary Cooks.

**Price County is seeking an Economic Support Specialist among other positions.

**Parents. Grandparents. Employers: Congratulate your graduate wish a special message in our Graduation Section.

**The Community-Wide Rummage Sale is Saturday, June 8. Look for the form here.

**Find a list of stand locations to pick up a Tomahawk Leader.

**Look for classifieds online, too.

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Nature Notes

**This week's DNR Outdoor Report talks about how a late season rain and snow event in the northwestern part of the state helped slow the growing numbers of wild fires being reported. The fluctuating temps didn't much slow the walleye bite in the north and turkey hunters face changing conditions as gobbling activity has decreased and hens begin to sit on nests.

**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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