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Dates changed to Saturday-Sunday Winter Hatchet Nationals racing

(Photo Story) UPDATE: The Winter Hatchet Nationals presented by Kawasaki originally set to get underway at Tomahawk Speedway Friday, Feb. 24 have been moved back a day in order to avoid an incoming snowstorm and take advantage of some more seasonably colder weather in the forecast.
The TLR Cup Tour and USSA Pro Star Series races have been moved to Saturday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. and the Saturday events have been moved to Sunday, Sunday, Feb. 26, getting underway at 9 a.m.

Event organizers note the oval ice track lost a couple inches to the warm spell and recent rainfalls but 14-15 inches of ice still remain. The iced pits and grounds took a hit as a result of the warm-up and crews are hoping the snow and colder temps forecasted for this weekend will help firm things back up prior to the start of racing Saturday.

For more information on this weekend's Winter Hatchet Nationals, check out an article in the Feb. 21 Tomahawk Leader (race dates have since changed to Saturday and Sunday) or visit the Tomahawk Speedway Facebook page.


Some of the biggest names in snowmobile racing will be in Tomahawk this weekend as Tomahawk Speedway hosts the first ever Winter Hatchet Nationals presented by Kawasaki Feb. 24-25. Tomahawk's Nick Van Strydonk, winner of the 2017 AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby held in Eagle River last month, will be joined by cousin Beau Van Strydonk and TLR Cup Tour Ice Oval Racing points leaders Gunnar Sterne, Matt Schulz, Cardell Potter and Matt Richie of Minocqua in competing in the Champ 440 series. Over 20 classes including the Outlaw 600s, Factory Stock 600, F-500s will take part. Tomahawk Speedway's Andy "Bart" Bartelt said talks had been in the works for the past three years about hosting a big snowmobile race and the Winter Hatchet Nationals became a reality when this weekend became available on the USSA and TLR Cup schedule. "This is the NASCAR of sled racing," Bartelt said of the big name racers who will be in town. Action gets underway Friday at 3 p.m. and continues into the evening with racing under the lights when the USSA champ will be crowned. The night of racing action will be capped off with a fireworks display. Saturday will feature a full day of racing starting at 11 a.m. The day concludes with the TLR Outlaw final, GRP F-500 final and the crowning of the TLR Cup champ for the 440 Series following 15 laps around the oval ice track. Cost for admission is $15 per day or $25 for the entire weekend. For more information, see the full story in this week's Tomahawk Leader, subscribe to the Online Edition or visit

**The Badger State Games and Wisconsin Kids Snowmobile Racing Association (WKSRA) will take part in the full lineup of snowmobile racing planned at the Tomahawk Speedway this coming weekend. A total 20 Classes/Divisions will compete as part of Badger State Games on Sunday, Feb. 26 with check-in starting at Tomahawk Speedway at 8 a.m. Hot laps will run from 9 to 9:45 a.m. with racing getting underway at 10 a.m

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5 arrested for drugs

Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins announced his department concluded an investigation into the sale, distribution and possession of controlled substances with the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block area of East Prospect Avenue in the city of Tomahawk. As a result of this investigation five adults were taken into custody: 36-year-old Michael A Dimmick; 19-year-old Chandelle M. Wilke; 19-year-old Drew M. Wampole; 22-year-old Jesse Renn; and 19-year-old Karo Bushor. Dimmick, Wilke, Wamploe and Renn were transported to the Lincoln County Jail on felony charges of Maintaining a Drug Dwelling and Possession of Tetrahydrocannabinois, while Bushor was released after posting a cash bond.

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NEWS UPDATES & news briefs

**Tomahawk Elementary School Principal Penny Antell has been named "2017 Outstanding Administrator" by the Wisconsin State Reading Association, earning those honors in Milwaukee.

**Lincoln County Sheriff welcomes Corey Brehmer as a new deputy.

**The Wizard of Oz will be presented by the Tomahawk High School Drama Department Friday and Saturday, March 3-4 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m.

**Tomahawk Middle School Honor Roll.

**Savvy Senior: 2016 tax filing requirements for retirees.

**Free Income Tax assistance is available for Tomahawk area residents starting Feb. 6 and continuing until April 17. This service is provided by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation and is available to people with low to moderate income with special attention to those over the age of 60. The tax counseling service is offered on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Tomahawk Senior Center, 113 S. Tomahawk Ave. Appointments are required by calling 715-453-5757.

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Chill Out 2017

Introducing Chill Out, the Tomahawk Leader's new Winter fun and activity publication! The handy guide with information about snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing and other winter activities along with an extensive Calendar of Events is posted in the pdf below and copies are inserted in the Jan. 31 Tomahawk Leader, as well as placed at various businesses. Refer to and/or pick up your copy and "chill out."

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Feb. 28, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**Marie H. Towle (nee Kasten), 89, Tomahawk, born in Wausau, married Clarence W. Towle, lived 17 years in Eau Claire before moving to Tomahawk in 1993 (died 2-19-17; Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Harrison, visitation Friday, Feb. 24 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the church.

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Feb. 21, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**John J. Haring Sr., 93, born in Harrison, married Beth Polar who preceded him in death, married Maxine Hammersley, served in U.S. Army during World War II, worked for Solar Permanent, Prentice Hydraulics and Hands Leck Construction (died 2-19-17; funeral service with military honors Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation Wednesday from 4-7 .m. and again Thursday at 10 a.m.; memorials to Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

**Margaret M. Loehmer (nee Jahn), 89, Tomahawk, born in town of Wilson, married Paul Loehmer, worked at Sacred Heart as nurses aide from 1970-73, then for Dr. Henderson until her retirement in 1987, treasurer for township of Wilson for 28 years (died 2-15-17; funeral service Monday, Feb. 20 at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Delores Johnson, Tomahawk, born Oct. 18, 1937 in Lafayette County, retired from Heritage Credit Union in 2001 after 40 years (died 2-16-17; in lieu of flowers do a random act of kindness in her memory; Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Care, Madison, assisting).

**Edward Baker, 65, Sioux Falls, S.D., formerly of Tomahawk, married Gwen Baker (died 2-12-17; private family memorial at later date).

**Robert Findler, 76, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, married Patricia Plesh, youth counselor at Lincoln Hills, owned Lake Ice Company, was a mink rancher for many years, couple were foster parents for 53 children (died 2-12-17; private family celebration; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

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Only levy what's needed

Per pupil aid increases in the governor's proposed state budget could mean an additional $250,000 for the Tomahawk School District. With an April 4 school referendum already planned, the district superintendent and School Board want to make it clear that if the additional state funding would develop, voters could be assured a similar amount would be subtracted from the annual $3 million sought in the spring election vote. The operational referendum seeks $3 million in each of the next four years beginning in 2017-18. But that's the cap not necessarily the required amount, it's stressed. The question about levying money that's not needed has been posed as administration and board members begin informational talks about the referendum, board member Curt Powell indicated. Recent visits were made to the Bradley and Harrison Town Board meetings. Upcoming invitations have come from the towns of King (March 13) and Nokomis (March 20). Community informational sessions also are slated Tuesday, March 7, Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 23, all at 6:30 p.m., in the school district auditorium.

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Community Awards nominations

The Tomahawk Leader is seeking nominations for the annual Tomahawk Community Awards program. Honoring local leaders and volunteers for more than six decades, the event is co-sponsored by the newspaper and Inshalla Country Club. Sought are nominations for:

**Distinguished Service Award: The most coveted of honors, recognizing a long history of community service, exemplary accomplishments or that "unsung" hero.
**LEADERship Award: Citing outstanding leadership, typically over a length of time, within the community, organization(s) or position(s).
**Employee or Employer of the Year: Traditionally nominated by one's employer or employee(s), but can come from elsewhere. Recognizing outstanding work ethic, contributions to the business or community, or unusual circumstances.
**Outstanding Youth LEADER: Outstanding academic, extracurricular and community accomplishments by a person age 18 or younger; most often a graduating senior.

Nominations should cite the reasons why one believes a person deserves the recognition. Judging relies heavily on the information provided. Additional letters of recommendation are suggested. One also needs to include a contact person, phone number and e-mail address for follow-up. Send nominations to: Tomahawk Leader, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave., P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or e-mail to, put Community Awards in the subject line.

Traditionally, the names of the winners are kept secret until the night of the awards, so it's also up to those making the nomination or the winners' families to get them to the banquet. For more information, contact Kathy or Larry Tobin or Jed Buelow at the Tomahawk Leader at 715-453-2151 or the above email.

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Sport recap

**Five wrestlers from the Tomahawk Hatchet wrestling team competed at Sectionals in Seymour Saturday and were unable to advance to state. The young Hatchets team finished in 19th place of 21 teams competing at the Seymour Sectional.

**The Tomahawk Hatchet boys' basketball team will look to finish out the regular season on a high note as they travel to Mosinee this Thursday, Feb. 23 for a GNC matchup that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. Last week Tomahawk took down Northland Pines at the Hatchet Fieldhouse in exciting fashion on senior night winning 53-50. They suffered a pair of road losses to Lakeland and Prentice. The WIAA released Round 1 Regional matchups for next week and #9 Tomahawk is scheduled to take on #8 Fox Valley Lutheran in Appleton next Tuesday, Feb. 28 with tip time at 7 p.m. The lady Hatchet girls' basketball team finished out the regular season with a loss to Northland Pines and face off with Xavier tonight (Tuesday) in Round 1 Regional play in Appleton at 7 p.m.

**The Lakeland/Tomahawk girls' co-op hockey team's season came to an end last week falling to Northland Pines 4-0 in Round 1 Regional matchup. The Hatchet boys' hockey team also suffered a loss in Round 1 action, falling to the Lakeland T-birds by a score 5-2. The Hatchets are playing a makeup game tonight against Chequamegon/Phillips in a non-conference game that had to be postponed earlier in the month. The game is at Park Falls and gets underway at 7 p.m. Speaking of hockey, the Mary's Moscow Mule Cup adult hockey tournament is being held at SARA Park this weekend Feb. 24-26 to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Organizers invite the public to stop by to take watch some fun hockey and get in on a bunch of raffles that will be taking place.

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Nature Items:

**UPDATE!!!! For just the third time in the past 39 years the Somo Fish and Game Club has been hosting the Somo Ice Fishing Jamboree on Somo Lake, the ice fishing portion set for this Saturday, Feb. 25 has been cancelled due to deteriorating ice conditions resulting from the recent heat wave and accompanying rainfalls. The Somo Fish and Game Club had been closely monitoring ice conditions on Somo Lake leading up to this weekend's ice fishing contest and decided Monday it would need to be cancelled. The club is still hosting the door prizes, raffles and big cash drawing portion of the Somo Ice Fishing Jamboree that will be held at the Tomahawk Lodge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the grand prize cash raffle being drawn at 3:15 p.m. For more information, contact Gary at 715-453-0701.

**This week's Leader includes information on annual fund raising banquets being put on in Ogema by the Northern Outdoorsmen for Christ Saturday, the Lincoln County Sports Club next Tuesday, Feb. 28 and an upcoming Ruffed Grouse Society fundraiser dinner being held in Tomahawk on March 11.

**The DNR Outdoor Report talks about signs of spring already starting to return to the state as migratory birds have started showing up in southern Wisconsin. And in Allan Bell's Birch Bark Nature Notes revisited the joy of backyard birding is discussed. An article from the Wisconsin Wolf Facts, a collaborative effort involving wildlife and farm groups, is sponsoring Wolf Summit II - Focus on Wisconsin, in Sugar Camp on April 8.

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

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Additional information

Be sure to check our Business Directory, available by clicking on the Guide and Info link in the left column for business listings with places to stay, dine and shop. Our online Fishing Report has updates to help you wet your line. Look at the Message Board for comments. Our Community Calendar and School Calendar have information about events. And our Ad Center link helps you find display ad (many help wanted listings) and classified ad information.

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Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

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