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Home's cat stench

(Photo Story) Each of the last three years Tomahawk resident Carlyss M. Beier has shown up at city meetings to complain to elected officials about the stench and health concerns involving a property at 1340 E. Kings Rd. She was back at last Tuesday's City of Tomahawk Health and Safety Committee with the same message: the property is overrun with unattended cats and the smell is overpowering, according to the neighbor. She says she can't sit on her deck during the spring, summer and fall months and that people cross over to the other side when walking by because the odor is so strong. That observation was confirmed in a letter submitted by John Zuelsdorf, Tomahawk High School cross county coach, stating his concerns about the foul odor emanating from this property for himself and his teams, and by Dr. Victor Ierulli, a runner, who says the odor is horrendous and needs to be taken care of immediately.
**The city's Finance Committee has countered a counter offer based on their interest in update the vacant land associated with the former Wisconsin Public Service property at the corner of North Tomahawk Avenue and West Somo Avenue. The city has been interested in the site for a possible safety building.

Tomahawk Leader 1-15-2019 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Elizabeth McBride
Petco closing to displace nearly 300 employees

Petco Animal Supplies Stores, Inc. has provided formal notice of a workforce reduction closing all Drs. Foster and Smith (a subsidiary of Petco) operations at 2253 Air Park Rd., Rhinelander, with the exception of Live Aquaria. A total of 289 employees will be affected during a two-week period beginning March 10.

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Governor tours Lincoln Hills

During his first week as governor, Tony Evers toured the Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake juvenile correction facilities in Irma. His predecessor, Scott Walker, was repeatedly criticized for not visiting the site as it underwent years of investigations and faces closure by 2021. Current state plans are to move juveniles housed there to five more regional locations and to restructure Lincoln Hills into some kind of adult prison.

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**Summaries of obituaries published in the Jan. 15, 2019, Tomahawk Leader:

**Andrea Fischer, 73, Irma, born in Merrill, 1963 graduate of Merrill High School, was a science and physical education teacher in Oconomowoc, Little Chute and Ashwaubenon's Parkview Middle School for 30 years, coached basketball at both high school and middle school, retiring in 2002 (died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019; Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, Jan. 16 at noon at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill; visitation at 11 a.m.; Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Merrill, assisting).

**Jeanne Rae Paulson (nee Plautz), 82, lifelong Tomahawk resident, married Donald Paulson, school bus driver for Tomahawk for 45 years (died Friday, Jan. 11, 2019; funeral service will be Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation will begin at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Andrea A. "Andi" Pintens (nee Dirkx), 65, West Bend, born in Milwaukee, moved to Harrison at age 8, married Joseph Pintens, couple moved to West Bend, was a licensed beautician at Creative Cut, administrative assistant to the principal at Badger Middle School, accomplished seamstress and made a business of making apparel for boutiques across the country (died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019; Memorial Mass will be Sunday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, West Band, visitation begins at 2 p.m., in lieu of flowers and memorials do something special with your family in her memory; Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home, West Bend, assisting).

**Billie M. Wielgos (nee Lust), 85, Tomahawk, lived most of adult life in Burbank, Ill., worked as punch press operator for General Motors Manufacturing, also lived in Oak Lawn, Ill. (died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018; memorial service Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Robert W. Hansen, born in Tomahawk, graduated from Tomahawk High School, veteran of World War II, served in JAG Corps as a major during Korean War, practiced law in Denver for more than 50 years, married to Bess for 67 years, loved coming to Tomahawk to visit friends and attend reunions (died Dec. 14, 2018; memorial service was held in Denver with military honors ceremony at the cemetery; in lieu of flowers, contributions to Shriners Hospital for Children; Judith Holmes & Associates LLC, Avon Colo., assisting).

**Evelyn Hansen (nee Maahs), 97, born in Wausau, married Wallace Hansen, lived in Hartford and Fond du Lac, retired to Tomahawk, she later moved to Madison (died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019; memorial service Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. at Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Care, Madison, visitation begins at noon; memorials to St. Stephen's Food Pantry).

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4-year-old dies in Ogema fire

A 4-year-old child died in a house fire Saturday afternoon in the Town of Ogema, Price County. The fire was reported at 1:47 p.m. by a neighbor who called 911 and said a child was still in the building. The call was transferred from the Rusk County Sheriff's Office. The parents reportedly were home at the time, but efforts by fire personnel to save the child were unsuccessful. The fire is being investigated by the Price County Sheriff's Office, State Fire Marshall's Office, Price County Coroner and the Ogema Fire Department. Donations are being collected for the family and can be dropped off at the Ogema House Hotel, Raabs Extra Innings and the Raul Trail Cafe. Sought are clothes, winter apparel such as coats and boots, as well as books.

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Summer School loses $34,000

By all appearances Tomahawk School District's Summer School program seems to be a popular enrichment and remedial offering each year. A three-week session starts right after the regular school year ends. But the district's finance committee reviewed 2018 costs versus revenues last Tuesday and the numbers show an overall annual loss, last summer coming to $34,000. Read more in the Jan. 15 Tomahawk Leader.

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Sports shorts

**The wins continue to pile up for the THS wrestling team after taking down Athens Tuesday on the road and getting an impressive GNC win over Medford in front of a packed crowd at the Hatchet Fieldhouse Thursday. Tomahawk recorded four pins in the 48-21 non-conference victory over the Bluejays and more than doubled up the Raiders getting five pins to win easily 60-19.

**Jordan Tomaszewski recorded his second hat trick in as many games as Tomahawk took down Medford in barnburner fashion last Tuesday by an 8-2 score. The illness bug hit Thursday for an already short-handed Hatchet hockey as they made the long drive to Ashland to take on the Oredockers for a non-conference tilt and fell by a score 5-1.

**The Lady Hatchet hoopsters recorded their first conference win of the season taking down Northland Pines 39-26 last Tuesday. Sierra Graeber scored 22 to lead the Hatchets. Tomahawk also made key free throws down the stretch to get the big win. The Lady Hatchets also looked much better in their second time taking on Three Lakes this season. It was a back-and-forth contest until the end when Three Lakes hit a couple big shots to secure the 45-38 win.

**On the boys' side, Jared Leverance and Drew Bolder each scored 22 points apiece but it wasn't enough as Tomahawk fell to Phillips in a high scoring affair 99-80. They are at Northland Pines tonight (Tuesday) and host Medford this Friday, Jan. 18 for another GNC tilt at Hatchet Fieldhouse. Opening tip time for both games is 7:15 p.m.

**And in one of the more thrilling matches of the week, the THS boys' swim team made a vow to repay the favor after Shawano snuck out of town earlier in the season with a close GNC win. On Thursday Tomahawk traveled to Shawano where they scored payback by getting the thrilling 85-83 win. All 13 Hatchet swimmers scored point in what Hatchet head coach Marion Kohl called a true team win. The score would swing back and forth the entire meet before the Hatchets would pull ahead late to secure the 2-point GNC win. Mission accomplished.

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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:

**Letter from County Board supervisor Calvin Callahan opposes unlined landfill near Lake Nokomis.

**Holy Cross Sisters transferring sponsorship of Merrill's Bell Tower Residence.

**Community Healing Rooms will be opening soon for anyone needing healing prayer for yourself or someone you know. Teams trained through the International Association of Healing Rooms will be available to pray on Thursdays starting Jan. 17. Testimonies of God's goodness through healing will be heard weekly. Registration is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Prince of Peace Christian Church, 1328 County Road A, Tomahawk; email There is no cost for this ministry to the community.

**Newly-elected county officials sworn into office.

**Snowmobiler dies in Sunday crash in Oneida County.

**Free Healing Rooms opening Thursday; pour blessings back into community.

**Savvy Senior: Does Medicare cover dental care?

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Nature Notes

**In this week's Tomahawk Fishing Report, two Tomahawk area flowages did produce some nice messes of fish over the weekend despite having to work to find active fish. Tip downs rigged with crappie minnows and jigging with waxies have been the ticket. Some searching and punching a bunch of holes was required but some nice perch, gills and big crappies and a few walleyes were iced fishing throughout the day.

**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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2017 Tomahawk Community-wide Rummage Sale

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