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Bald for a good cause

(Photo Story) For the fifth year in a row, students from St. Mary’s School and friends shaved their heads to raise money for child cancer research. Since students first began the effort over $27,000 has been raised for the St. Baldrick Foundation. Pictured getting their heads shaved, from left, are Hayden Loka, Ethan Breitenfeld, Jacob Towle, Wyatt Loka and Isaac Schwartz; volunteer barbers, from left, Leigh Loka, Sarah Carstenson, Sarah Kretzschmar, Siri Pankow and Megan Pierce. Look for more pictures in the Photo Album.

Tomahawk Leader 3-24-2015 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Jed Buelow
Expansion, renovation projects

**Ministry Health Care is investing in the future of healthcare in northern Wisconsin through renovation at Ministry Medical Group’s North Shore campus in Rhinelander. The renovation will enhance patient care, create a more collaborative setting for clinicians and patients, and accommodate future expansion. Patients will experience an improved layout of the clinic including a new registration area, waiting rooms, patient exam rooms and stairs to the second floor. Also included in the construction plan is a renovated parking lot that will add an additional 36 parking spaces close to the clinic and emergency department entrances. The project is expected to be completed in December.

**The Tomahawk Planning and Zoning Committee has given the go-ahead for a proposed expansion at Erv’s Sale and Service that will more than double the footprint of the existing building. The site plan includes a roughly 7,000-square-foot indoor viewing area where boats will be on display year round. The addition will also create additional display room in the facility where added ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles and other outdoor equipment will be on display. Look for more information in the March 24 Tomahawk Leader, available with an Online Edition subscription. Photos also are posted in our Photo Album.

Tomahawk Leader 3-24-2015 issue
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Summaries of obituaries to be published in the March 31, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Mary L. Ingman (nee Jach), 74, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Robert Ingman, did housework for clients and worked at Riverview Nursing Home as a CNA (died 3-24-15; funeral services Friday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation Thursday, March 26 from 4-7 pm. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again at the church Friday at 10 a.m.; memorials appreciated to the church).

Summaries of obituaries published in the March 24, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Louis “Mike” Podjaski, 75, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, worked as a union carpenter across the state, moved to the Northwoods following retirement.

**Elizabeth “Betty” B. Kreutzer-Van Matre, born on the same day as her mother in Athens, lived in Athens and Tomahawk, 1940 graduate of Tomahawk High School, career with Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven, Penn., one of early female pilots in solo flight, often flying mail and supplies around the country, worked for American Airlines as a flight attendant, married to Peter, spend most of life in Scottsdale, Ariz., after his death, later moved to Colorado Springs, Colo (died 1-26-15; funeral services to be held at Arlington National Cemetery).

**Duane L Taves, 88, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, 1944 graduate of Tomahawk High School, services in U.S. Army, married to Helen K. VanNorman, worked on the farm, Pine Hidden Acres, in early years and for Owens-Illinois Tomahawk Mill for 40 years, retiring in 1988, served as town of King supervisor for six years and as King chairman for eight years (died 3-20-15; no formal funeral services, family will celebrate his life privately this summer; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Donna (Wonna) Dumpprope-Larch, 64, Rhinelander, born in Rhinelander, 1968 graduate of Rhinelander High School, worked in retail stores throughout her life including Walmart for nearly 20 years, did waitressing, bartending and helped in her sister's frame shop (died 3-14-15; funeral services Saturday, March 21 at 3 p.m. at First Congregational church of Christ, Rhinelander, visitation begins at 2 p.m.; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Vincent A. Ehley, 65, Tomahawk, formerly of Milwaukee, U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, retiree of Stainless Foundry and former operator of Little Koehler House in Koehler (died 3-13-15; celebration of his life Saturday, March 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Alioto's Restaurant, 3041 N. Mayfair Rd., Milwaukee, with services at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Christmas with the Vets at; Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Home, Milwaukee, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 3-24-2015 issue
4 referendum scenarios

Tomahawk School Board members are taking some time to digest the information presented to them at a special meeting Wednesday, but things seem to be in motion for posing a referendum to district citizenry, probably on the spring 2016 ballot. District Superintendent Sherry Baker outlined four possible scenarios. All four as presented would be non-recurring packages extended over five years. Each would come to an end in 2021-22 when significant current district debt comes to an end. The first scenario would seek to sustain the schools where they are at now and soften the referendum’s impact by using some of the district’s fund balance. The second also would only seek sustainability, but would not use fund balance monies. The next two scenarios would be similar approaches but with “modest improvements,” Superintendent Sherry Baker observed. The full board will meet again Thursday, April 9 to review data, with an actual resolution expected to be forwarded to the April 14 regular meeting. There’s lots more on the topic in the March 24 Tomahawk Leader, available at newsstands or through an Online Edition subscription right here.

Tomahawk Leader 4-24-2015 issue
New position

As a way to address some test score deficiencies in math and an open gifted and talented position, the Tomahawk School District has melded and formed a new position, and found someone to fill it from right in its own backyard. Leaving Wittenberg Middle School after 25 years, Laurie Tracey of Tomahawk was slated to start yesterday as Tomahawk’s new Math Specialist and Advocate of the Academically and Intellectually Accelerated (AIA). Look for the full story in the March 24 issue, also available through an Online Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 3-24-2015 issue
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:

**Tomahawk Bus Service seeks part-time School Bus Drivers.

**Hank’s Truck & Trailer has an immediate opening for an experienced Diesel Mechanic.

**Golden LivingCenter-Golden Age is offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus for CNAs interested in full- and part-time PM shifts; Nurse full-time PM shifts; and Nurse part-time day shift.

**Get ready for summer with a hot new job in the Tomahawk area or with Press Ops and Slitter Ops in the Merrill area, Fabrication/Welders in the Prentice area; and Basic Machine Operators in the Rhinelander area through Bear Staffing.

**The Lincoln County Highway Department seeks quotes for 5,000 tons of Asphaltic Material (12.5 millimeter) and 5,000 tons of Asphaltic Material (19 millimeter).

**The Lincoln County Highway Department is accepting quotes for about 9,500 tons of Asphaltic Material.

**The Lincoln County Highway Department seeks quotes for CRS- 2 Emulsion and CRS- 2P Emulsion, estimated 90,000 gallons applied.

**The Lincoln County Maintenance Department is looking for an individual or entity to reroof four flag roofs at the Human Services building in Merrill.

**Manpower is hiring: welders, Prentice; Production Assembly, Medford and Ladysmith; Plastics Assembly, Phillips and Medford; CNC Operator, Prentice; and Electro-Mechanical Tech-Medford and Prentice, and Maintenance Lead-Prentice.

**S.W. Swiderski LLC is seeking opening for full-time, year round framing, carpentry and trim carpentry positions for stick built multi-family apartments in central Wisconsin.

**The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors intends to fill a vacancy and unexpired term in the office of County Treasurer. The deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

Click on an ad itself and go right to the company’s website, if available.

Tomahawk Leader 3-24-2015 issue
NEW NEWS and News Tidbits

*Evan Ploeckelman headed to state Geography Bee.

**Tomahawk Leader Candidate Profile begins with the Skanawan Town Clerk race pitting incumbent Donna Stenberg and challenger Karen Olson.

**Spring Carnival to benefit Our Sisters’ House.

**Student/family made Leprechaun traps.

**Music students advance to State Festival

**Among the Letters to the Editor: Parent talks about investing in education; Tomahawk resident is against the city referendum.

**St. Paul Lutheran Church will provide a free Community Easter Dinner Sunday, April 5.

**Bambino’s mission work taking staff to Haiti. Help them raise funds at a Rummage, Bake Sale March 28.

**Get ready for the Northwoods Idol Karaoke Contest, with prizes for adults and youth.

**Free developmental screening for children offered.

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Tomahawk Leader 3-24-2015 issue
Merrill offers TIF money for fairgrounds

Although the city of Merrill isn’t willing to take over the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, the municipality is committed to working with the county in some kind of joint venture. Financial specifics were not discussed at a recent meeting between the Lincoln County Property Committee and city officials, but Merrill’s mayor and aldermen did stress that the city is willing to invest TIF (Tax Increment Financing) funds for capital improvements and maintenance costs. Replacing the grandstand is their highest priority, they stressed.

Tomahawk Leader 3-17-2015 issue
Nature items

**Legislator’s opinion on advisory Natural Resources Board.

**Bears, wood ticks emerge with warm weather.

**Proposed statewide trolling rule unlikely to be in effect for fishing opener.

**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow’s blog on our Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 3-24-2015 issue
Sport recap

**Track girls first, boys ninth at UW-Eau Claire indoor meet.

Tomahawk Leader 3-24-2015 issue
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