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Chris Quinn wins Raffle Bike: Fall Ride in Photos

(Photo Story) **This week's Tomahawk Leader has a number of pictures from the 2016 Tomahawk Fall Ride and we have many, many more posted in our Photo Album. Updates will continue in the coming days, so check back often and maybe you'll see yourself or someone you know.

**We're told Chris Quinn from New London won the Harley-Davidson Raffle Bike in the 2016 Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA. Actually he hasn't gotten the official word yet, so we're all waiting for confirmation from MDA. Nevertheless, Chris tells us he's extremely excited. He used to live in Tomahawk in the 1990's and now owns a shack on Hwy. 107. He bought his ticket at SARA Park when he attended this year's ride.

**There was a great turnout for Friday night's Thunder Parade. Some estimates put the number of motorcyclists at over 1,000.

**Tomahawk Mayor Steve Taskay held to his word and came dressed at Cpl. Klinger during the M*A*S*H-themed events at the VFW tent downtown. You'll want to see his outfit in the Leader and Photo Album, along with that of a challenger from Rhinelander who won the Look-Alike Contest. M*A*S*H Trivia was a huge hit, too.

**All-in-all it seems to have been a quiet Fall Ride (except for the noise from tens of thousands of motorcycles). We're hoping to get comments from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) about their activities. The Tomahawk police chief will have a wrap-up a bit later this week. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reported that a Stevens Point woman was injured in a single motorcycle crash Saturday about 7:30 p.m. in the Town of Birch. She refused medical transport. Another reported incident involved a 54-year-old Tomahawk man on a motorcycle traveling in excess of 100 mph on County Road V early Saturday evening; he was cited for first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office reported two motorcycle accidents over the weekend. Both involved one motorcycle each. Neither was arrested for OWI; both were transported to the hospital.

**For those of you asking, the 2017 Tomahawk Fall Ride is Sept. 14-17, 2017.

Tomahawk Leader 9-20-2016 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
BID district increase

Property owners in the City of Tomahawk/Tomahawk Main Street, Inc. downtown BID district should note there will be a BID Board meeting Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. at City Hall during which the 2017 operating plan will be reviewed and there will be discussion/action on a proposed increase of the BID assessment for 2016 (payable in 2017) from $2.50 per $1,000 of valuation to $3. Questions can be directed to city Clerk/Treasurer Amanda Bartz at 715-453-4040.

Tomahawk Leader 9-20-2016 issue
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Nature items:

**This week's Tomahawk Leader has a picture of a moose on the loose in the Tomahawk area late last week with multiple sightings near Hwy. 51 and Hwy. 8 and it the city proper.

**The Great Lakes Wolf Summit was held in Cumberland Thursday. Organizers hope Wisconsin's federal representatives will take note of the personal stories shared at the summit and will work to have the wolf taken off the endangered species list so the state can resume managing the population.

**A number of fall hunting seasons are underway with the duck hunting season set to begin this Saturday, Sept. 24.

**Nature writer Jed "Big Musky" Buelow recalls a successful fall musky fishing season from a couple years back and a giant musky that got away after the fish cut a 100-pound leader while fishing a Tomahawk area flowage. Big musky is hoping a personal record will be broken this fall.
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**Signs were posted on the Grandmother Flowage notifying anglers the stretch of Wisconsin River from Pride Dam to the Grandmother Dam is closed until the temporary drawdown is complete and the water level is returned to its normal level sometime in December.

**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.

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Obituaries

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Oct. 4, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**PENDING: Phyllis M. Ovans, 91, of Spencer died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at her home. Arrangements are pending at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.

**Elizabeth A. Taylor (nee Cowan), 57, Fond du Lac, born in Milwaukee, was a nursing assistant and daycare teacher (died 9-26-16; memorial service Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Fond du Lac; memorials to Drug & Alcohol Awareness for Youth).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Sept. 27, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**River Michael Hughes, Tomahawk, born Aug. 25, 2016 in Rhinelander, son of Henry and Shilynn (Mittag) Hughes (died 9-18-16; memorial service in Illinois at a later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting the family).

**David D. Haring, 84, born in Merrill, married Kathy Buss, graduated from Green Bay East High School, served in U.S. Army, former Tomahawk Alderman (died 9-22-16; funeral services with military honors Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4-8 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the church.)

**Kenneth "Snake" "Pops" Ludwick, 61, Tomahawk, born in Freeport, Ill., came from large family with 24 brothers, sisters, half brothers and sisters and step brothers and sisters, traveled the country with carnival, then joined the Marines, later settled in northern/central Illinois and Iowa working as a union roofer, retried in July 2015 and moved to northern Wisconsin, filled in as bartender at Northwoods Pubs (died 9-11-16 in motorcycle accident; celebration of life Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. at Northwoods Pub, Tomahawk; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Joan M. Sweeney, 59, Madison, born in Tomahawk, 1975 graduate of Tomahawk High School, moved to Madison, employed in Work Study Department at UW Madison for over 40 years, operated Wisconsin Rottweiler Rescue Association for over 25 years and fostered thousands of dogs (died 9-21-16; Celebration of Life 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Sheraton Hotel in Madison, memorial service at 4:30 p.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Jane D. McCarthy (nee Thompson), 91, Merrill, born in Merrill, graduate of Merrill High School, married to Daniel McCarthy, lived in Milwaukee a short time before returning to Merrill. Worked as a teletype operator with Montgomery Ward several years, retired as a dental assistant for Dr. Piikkila's office after many years, moved to Pier Lake where she lived for more than 25 years, returned to Merrill (died 9-18-16; private family service at a later date; memorials to Lincoln County Humane Society, Merrill Historical Society or Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting.)

**Sonny J. Pepper, 13 months, Eau Claire (died 9-16-16 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire; funeral services Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Eau Claire, with visitation one hour earlier.

**Garth J. Swanson, 68, Merrill, born in Brainerd, Minn., U.S. Navy veteran, married Freida Laphen, taught in Clayton and moved to Merrill in 1977, became sixth grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, moved to Alaska for two years, returned to Merrill , working in special education, eventually became principal at former Scott and Midway Elementary School, retired as principal of Washington Elementary School in 2001, served on Lincoln County Board three years (died 9-19-16; Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Sept. 24 at Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill; Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, assisted; donation to charity of donor's choice suggested).

**Mary Jane Dupons (Tekip), 90, Salem, born in Kenosha, married Arthur D. Dupons, couple moved to Tomahawk after retirement and later moved back to Salem (died 9-18-16 after battling leukemia; funeral services Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at Bruch Funeral Home, Kenosha; visitation begins at 10 a.m.)

**A Memorial Service with Military Rites for Ken Kenworthy, 79, will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 11 a.m. (died 7-30-16; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Walter "Wally" Kriesant, 81, born in Wilmette, Ill., served 20 years with Elk Grove Village Fire Department, retiring in 1991, also a mail carrier and firefighter in Wilmette, Ill., moved to Tomahawk and opened Four Corners Tap, married to wife, Lee (died 9-15-16; Celebration of Life at Four Corners Tap Sunday, Oct. 2, with friend gathering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to GoFundMe page for his medical bills-was hospitalized since April 1 with congestive heart failure; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 9-27-2016 issue
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Skylar is Miss Wisconsin USA

Skylar Witte, 19, who has strong ties to Tomahawk, was crowned Miss Wisconsin USA at a pageant in Fond du Lac, an experience she calls "surreal." In one of her early public appearances, Skylar was in Tomahawk visiting SARA Park as part of the Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA. An Altoona native, who's currently a double major sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Skylar is the daughter of Jesica Witte, the new director of the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce, and her great-aunt, Bunny, owns Bootleggers Supper Club, which her father, Jeff, manages. Skylar has worked there during the summer since she was 13, bussing tables and waitressing. Her brother, Noel, 17, also works there. "Tomahawk is 'family'," Skylar says of fond memories of summers growing up "on the lake". She will receive thousands of dollars in prizes and awards. And she will compete for the national title of Miss USA next year. The winner of that competition will go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe competition, which is televised in more than 130 countries worldwide. Read more in this week's Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription (one-time or annual) right here. You'll find pictures in our Photo Album.


Take a look at Video of Moose in Link below: NEW news & news briefs

NEW NEWS:

**We have a photo of a moose sighted in the Sept. 20 Tomahawk Leader. Now take a look at this video recorded by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department. See the Link immediately below:

**The Tomahawk Leader has learned of the death of Lincoln County Board Supervisor Garth Swanson.

**Marathon County will be considering a compromise proposal involving North Central Health Care tri-county coverage at a meeting tonight (Sept. 20).

**A piggy bank, decorated like a female police officer and set out for months to help raise money for defibrillators for the Tomahawk Police Department, has gone missing from Rodeo Saloon, according to Chuck Teal of the Citizens for the Tomahawk Police Department which is conducting the fundraiser. Teal has given the person(s) involved until 5 p.m. today (Sept. 20) to return the item, no questions asked. Otherwise he will file a report with the Police Department and start putting up posters. The bank measures 17 inches high and was heavy before money was added. He knows there had been considerable donations from bikers during Fall Ride. The bank was first noticed missing at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

**An Appreciation and Fundraising Event to buy defibrillators for the Tomahawk Police Department will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Rodeo Saloon. There will be raffles, games and munchies. Tomahawk Community Bank on Sept. 20 donated $1,700 for one defibrillator. (Note: The Tomahawk Leader also is running a subscription drive, with donations going to the cause. In fact, a new subscription, either paper or Online Edition, will see a $10 donation if the form in the Ad Center in the left column is used or clipped out of the newspaper itself.

**Some of the stories/ad information we have in the Sept. 20, 2016, issue include:

**Color run/walk Saturday, Sept. 24 will support St. Mary's School.

**Help fill student buckets with words of kindness.

**Tomahawk High School Study Buddies begins.

**Columnist Mark Gaedtke writes about "Elective Surgery done while you wait." It's quite the story, so be sure to take a look.

**Reader Opinion letters have one writer unhappy about having main street closed down so early Friday during the Fall Ride; and another talking about the future of Pine Crest Nursing Home.

**Arnolf Tockley's story is new exhibit in Merrill.

**The Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway, with cash prizes! Look for an entry blank in the Leader/Extra. Ads contain the teams. The parentheses tell you Typo the Leader office cat picks. If you beat Typo with your picks you are eligible for a special end-of-the-season prize.

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Check out the video of the Moose in the link below: NEW news & news briefs

NEW NEWS:

**The Leader has a nice photo of a moose sighting in the Sept. 20 newspaper, and now you can watch video filmed by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office in the video link immediately below.

**The Tomahawk Leader has learned of the death of Lincoln County Board Supervisor Garth Swanson.

**Marathon County will be considering a compromise proposal involving North Central Health Care tri-county coverage at a meeting tonight (Sept. 20).

**A piggy bank, decorated like a female police officer and set out for months to help raise money for defibrillators for the Tomahawk Police Department, has gone missing from Rodeo Saloon, according to Chuck Teal of the Citizens for the Tomahawk Police Department which is conducting the fundraiser. Teal has given the person(s) involved until 5 p.m. today (Sept. 20) to return the item, no questions asked. Otherwise he will file a report with the Police Department and start putting up posters. The bank measures 17 inches high and was heavy before money was added. He knows there had been considerable donations from bikers during Fall Ride. The bank was first noticed missing at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

**An Appreciation and Fundraising Event to buy defibrillators for the Tomahawk Police Department will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Rodeo Saloon. There will be raffles, games and munchies. Tomahawk Community Bank on Sept. 20 donated $1,700 for one defibrillator. (Note: The Tomahawk Leader also is running a subscription drive, with donations going to the cause. In fact, a new subscription, either paper or Online Edition, will see a $10 donation if the form in the Ad Center in the left column is used or clipped out of the newspaper itself.

**Some of the stories/ad information we have in the Sept. 20, 2016, issue include:

**Color run/walk Saturday, Sept. 24 will support St. Mary's School.

**Help fill student buckets with words of kindness.

**Tomahawk High School Study Buddies begins.

**Columnist Mark Gaedtke writes about "Elective Surgery done while you wait." It's quite the story, so be sure to take a look.

**Reader Opinion letters have one writer unhappy about having main street closed down so early Friday during the Fall Ride; and another talking about the future of Pine Crest Nursing Home.

**Arnolf Tockley's story is new exhibit in Merrill.

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Sport recap

**The Tomahawk Hatchet girls swim team coasted to victory at Medford last Tuesday to improve to 6-0 on the season before traveling to Ashwaubenon to take part in the Jaguar Invitational. The Hatchets finished the invite in fifth place (Tomahawk and Clintonville were the only two teams taking part in the invite that were not Division 1 schools). The Hatchet swimmers return to Hatchet pool this Thursday to take on visiting Ladysmith at 5:30 p.m.

**The 60th annual Smiley Invite was held in Wausau Saturday where 21 Hatchet cross country runners either ran personal best 5Ks or seasonal best efforts to push Tomahawk to a 3rd place finish in all races and 6th in the Varsity D2 Girls event. Coach Zuelsdorf said the team brought its "A game" to finish strong in an invite that featured 60 teams and nearly 2,000 runners. This Saturday the Hatchets travel to Oshkosh to take part in the 50-team Lourdes Invite at Lake Breeze Golf Course near Winneconne at 9 a.m.

**After a tough stretch in its Marawood Conference schedule, the Hatchet football team will look to rebound and finish off the second half of the season strong after falling on the road to Edgar 49-0 Friday. Tomahawk travels to Fall Creek this Friday before resuming Marawood conference play against Rib Lake/Prentice at home Sept. 30. The loss dropped the Hatchets record for the season to 1-4.

**Lakeland played host to the Great Northern Conference Invite Saturday where the Hatchet varsity volleyball team finished 1-2. Tomahawk fought back to secure a five set victory against Rhinelander 25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25, 15-8 and fell to Northland Pines and Mosinee. Coach Paul Zierten said he likes the progress his team is making and looks forward to matchups against it has this week against Antigo (Tuesday) and Newman Catholic (Thursday). Both are road games for Tomahawk that get underway at 7 p.m.

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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. Included are lots of HELP WANTED ads:

**Picture Perfect Exteriors: small repairs to whole exterior remodels.

**Watch for Tomahawk Fall Ride photos in our Photo Album. If you have a picture you'd like to share, please send them to news@tomahawkleader.com and tell us about your visit.

**Country Terrace of Wisconsin in Tomahawk has full- and part-time positions for all shifts.

**Enter the Tomahawk Leader Football Contest for a chance to Win!!!

**Remember those treasured columns by Tomahawk Leader nature columnist Allan Bell? We are revisiting them.

Look for classifieds online, too.

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Related links

Click here for direct links to web sites related to stories in this week's Leader:

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations


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