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No Christmas presents for 4 year old; wanted to help others

(Photo Story) Her story is an inspiring one. Meet a little girl who decided not to ask for any Christmas gifts this year. Instead, little Mya Theyerl, age 4, urged family and friends to gift her money for the Tomahawk Salvation Army Happy Kids Backpack Program. Mya raised $203 from family and friends, including grandparents, aunts and uncles. She took the money to the grocery store Wednesday and then transported more than a half dozen grocery bags full of items to the Salvation Army office in the Grace House on West Somo Avenue. There she joined a small army of volunteers who meet each Wednesday morning to pack dozens of backpacks. The humanitarian project, unfortunately, is growing each year. Last week the volunteers delivered 70 backpacks for children at Tomahawk Elementary and St. Mary's schools. Food and vouchers for perishable items help provide children in need with weekend meals for their entire family, meals on days when there's no access to the free and reduced breakfasts and lunches they get through the school systems. Read the entire heartwarming story in this week's Tomahawk Leader, available online and through an Online Edition subscription right here.

Tomahawk Leader 1-16-2018 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Vote for 'Mugs' for Packer Fan Hall of Fame

Outside of getting the opportunity to play catch with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, perhaps the greatest honor that could be bestowed upon a devout Packer fan would be to be inducted into the Green Bay Packer Fan Hall of Fame. For one Tomahawk native who bleeds Green and Gold, the latter could become reality as Marguerite "Mugs" Bachhuber is among 10 nominees seeking votes to become the 2018 Packers Fan Hall of Fame inductee. The public can vote at until Jan. 31, when the highest vote-getter will get the distinguished honor of having their name added to the list of 20 Packer Fan Hall of Fame honorees that was started back in 1999 to recognize the most diehard among us. Currently a resident at Woodside Manor, an assisted living facility in Green Bay, Mugs was born in Tomahawk to Dr. George and Vira Theiler. Upon marrying Ray Bachhuber, the couple moved to southern Wisconsin where they raised their eight children, but maintained a close connection to the Northwoods through cottages they purchased on Crystal Lake where they would spend each and every summer enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Read about this Packer fan (papers are available at newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription here) and see some examples of her support in our Photo Album. Be sure to vote often for our "fan."

Tomahawk Leader 1-16-2018 issue
School District pays off loan, saves $90,000

Saying they were making good on a promise made prior to the Tomahawk School District operational referendum last year, the School Board voted unanimously last week to pay off its building loan of $2,754,217. The action saves the district just shy of $90,000 in interest payments and leaves it debt-free from such loans.

Tomahawk Leader 1-16-2018 issue
Sports shorts

Despite being down three skaters and losing another in the final minutes at SARA Park Ice Arena Jan. 9, the Tomahawk Hatchet boys' hockey team managed to shutout the East/Merrill Bluejacks 3-0 to get the season sweep of the Wausau East and Merrill co-op team. The win marked the third in a row for the Hatchets.
After winning two of their last three, the Tomahawk girls' basketball team was bounced by Northland Pines last Tuesday by a 56-40 score. Tomahawk played the Eagles strong for much of the game and at one point pulled to within five points in the second half. However, the Eagles had an answer each time Tomahawk scored to soar to victory in the GNC tilt.
The THS wrestling team squared off against a tough Athens team in the tight confines of the Tomahawk High School Gym last week and were clipped by the Bluejays 40-31. Matt Turkiewicz and Wyatt Wenninger started the match strong for Tomahawk by getting pins before Athens would come storming back and hang on to get the win.

Tomahawk Leader 1-16-2018 issue
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Nature Notes:

**This weekend Eagle River plays host to Daytona 500 of the snowmobile racing world as the 55th annual Country Cat World Championship Snowmobile Derby is held at the Eagle River Derby Track Jan. 18-21. Tomahawk's Nick Van Strydonk will look make it two in a row as he defends his 2017 World Champion crown. Racing his #13 Polaris mod sled, Van Strydonk will try to join a very short list of professional sled racers to win the prestigious race for a third time after he won the crown back in 2012 to go along with taking the checkered flag last year.

**Check our Snowmobile Report in the link under Paper Clips at left.

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

Tomahawk Leader 1-16-2018 issue
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.

**Looking to hire OTR Driver.

** a la carte CARE has part-time positions.

**Send a Paper Kiss to someone you care for in the Tomahawk Leader Valentine's issue.

**The Tomahawk Leader is working on the 2018 Wedding Planner and 1st Time Homeowners special section. Don't miss this opportunity to place your ad.
**Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 1-16-2018 issue
Then & Now history, progress section; pdf here

You'll find a wonderful 3-part-, 40-page special "Then & Now" history and progress section in the Oct. 31 Tomahawk Leader. Stop by the Leader office, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave. to pick up a copy. You'll be impressed, whether you're an old-timer or someone new to the community, we promise. We've also posted a pdf copy here.

Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
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**Summaries of obituaries published in the Jan. 16, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Anna W. Johnson (nee Hoebe), 87, Dolton, Ill., born in Tomahawk, lived in Harrison area until age 18, married Allen Johnson (died Monday, Dec. 25, 2017; visitation was Dec. 30 at Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, South Holland, Ill., followed by Mass at St. Jude the Apostle Church, South Holland.

Tomahawk Leader 1-16-2018 issue
290 pounds of marijuana: NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

**NEWS UPDATE FROM FRIDAY, JAN. 19, 2018: Approximately 290 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, three firearms and two stun guns were recovered after two separate pursuits that originated near Osseo Thursday. Among those arrested was Joel J. Helding, 32, Tomahawk. The story will appear in the Jan. 23 Tomahawk Leader.

NEWS UPDATE AS OF TUESDAY, JAN. 16, 2018: After three terms as sheriff and 38 years in law enforcement, Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger has announced plans to retired later this year. He will not seek re-election this fall. Today he endorsed Senior Patrol Lt. Ken Schneider, who he says will run for the post. Jaeger says he has been training Schneider to succeed him. Jaeger, in an announcement, lists some of his accomplishments in the last 11 years. (The story will appear in the Jan. 23 Tomahawk Leader).

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

**Brad Hurtig, who lost both arms in an accident while he was in high school, will share his story of determination in Tomahawk Jan. 24.

**Three local Wisconsin Public Service line electricians volunteer to help restore power to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

**Bus driver complaint offers no threat, Merrill Area Public Schools administration says.

**Rep. Mary Felzkowski continues to push for white space technology, expanded broadband.

**Editorial: President Donald Trump's "sh*thole" remarks about immigrants are appalling.

**Three Hagars are engaged!

**Activity Day a Tomahawk Middle School tradition.

**John Ronis appointed to Tomahawk Community Bank board.

**Semi-truck and passenger truck crash on Hwy. 8 (see Photo Album)

Tomahawk Leader 1-16-2018 issue
Lincoln admin hired by Chippewa County

Lincoln County Administrator Randy Scholz was appointed Chippewa County administrator by their county board Jan. 9. His last day in Lincoln County is Feb. 9; he starts in Chippewa on Feb. 12. Lincoln County Corporation Counsel Nancy Bergstrom was appointed by the Lincoln County Administrative & Legislative Committee to be the interim administrator. That committee will meet again today (Jan. 16) to talk about the hiring process and timeline. "I have been with the county for 21 years: seven as a highway worker, seven as the highway commissioner, and seven years as the administrative coordinator," Scholz noted.

New Lincoln Hills superintendent

Wisconsin Department of Juvenile Corrections (DJC) John Paquin announced Thursday that Jason Benzel, deputy warden at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution, will assume duties as superintendent of Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake School, Irma, effective Jan. 22. He is the boys' and girls' prison's fourth leader in recent years. Benzel was among five finalists vying for the job, all employees of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC). He will earn $101,000 per year. Benzel has almost 24 years of experience working for the DOC. (Tomahawk Leader 1-16-18 issue)

**Move youth out of Lincoln Hills; make medium security adult facility
Gov. Scott Walker announced a plan Thursday to ultimately move juvenile offenders out of the growingly controversial Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake School in Irma and continue use of the complex as a medium security adult facility. The plan is designed to significantly reform juvenile corrections by moving from a system of one facility to five smaller, regional facilities located across the state and expand Wisconsin's juvenile treatment program for offenders with mental health challenges at the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC) in Madison. Walker described the decision as a long-term solution for Wisconsin's juvenile corrections and treatment systems following extensive discussions with state and local officials, the judicial system and stakeholders.
The local plan is designed to:
**Transition the existing facility at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake Schools in Irma to a medium-security adult correctional facility with the cooperation of Lincoln County. This will maintain and potentially even expand the number of jobs in Lincoln County, the governor says. The addition of this new adult facility will likely reduce DOC's utilization of contract beds to house adult male inmates. The new facility will also increase DOC's treatment capacity for inmates with assessed Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) treatment needs, it was noted.
**Require DOC to make employment opportunities available for current LHS/CLS staff at the new adult facility in Lincoln County or one of the new juvenile facilities.
**Require the Department of Health Services (DHS) to expand treatment services at MJTC, serving more male juveniles as early as fall 2018, and creating a facility at MJTC to treat female juveniles with mental health needs. MJTC is internationally renowned for its treatment program, which was built from the ground up here in Wisconsin. Data shows significantly improved outcomes for juveniles who participated in treatment at MJTC, the governor says.
Read much more in the Jan. 9 Tomahawk Leader, also available through an Online Edition subscription right here.

Tomahawk Leader 1-16-2018, 1-9-2018 issues
In pdf below: 2017 Year in Review

Take a look back at 2017 in our Year in Review. There were high points and low points along the way, and the Tomahawk Leader was there, covering many of the events in person. We are eager to show you how varied our news coverage is, and include you among the thousands who currently subscribe, either to the mailed newspaper itself or to our Online Edition available right here. It's our pleasure to serve you week after week.

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Chill Out; pdf here

Winter is upon us and rather than hibernate, check out the Tomahawk Leader Chill Out pocket guide for fun outdoor and indoor activities to enjoy in the wintertime. We have an extensive Calendar of Events, information about local snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating, ice drags and much, much more. Look for the section in the pdf immediately 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

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2017 Tomahawk Community-wide Rummage Sale

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

Pressing Matters - Larry M. Tobin

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