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Online Edition has full story, editorial: Instructor assaulted; Leader questions news coverage

(Photo story) An assault on a female instructor at Lincoln Hills School Wednesday brought on a sheriff's investigation, some media coverage and an intense reaction from current and former staff who say it's nothing new. They say their pleas for protection are not only being ignored, but safety precautions are being taken away. Records from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, indicate that department has responded to 22 calls involving student battery on staff so far this year. And, many more go unreported, staff and former staff will tell you, some at the direction of management. In this case and instructor, with more than 20 years of experience, was attacked by a student in the "restrictive" (security) housing unit where students who misbehave are placed. The student was being disruptive and the instructor was about to call for help when she was stopped, punched in the face and fell to the floor. The same student reportedly knocked out a staff member's tooth/teeth a few weeks earlier. Read more in this week's newspaper about the incident and the victim's reaction, and an editorial stance by the Leader charging one-sided coverage in other large metropolitan newspapers in the southern part of the state. The paper is available on newsstands or through an Online Edition subscription right here.

Tomahawk Leader 10-17-2017 issue; Contributed Photo
Fall Ride raises $117,000 for MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has announced that this year's 36th annual Tomahawk Fall Ride Sept. 14-17 raised $117,533 for the organization. MDA was again headquartered at SARA Park, where events and sales directly supported that cause, raising critical funds to save and improve the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility. Among the highlights was the raffle drawing for the 2017 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide that went to Dan Soderstrom, Climax, Mich. Second prize, an Endless Vacation Rental was won by Gigi Kahn-Bowles, Tomahawk.

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Nature notes

**The DNR released the results of the 2017 black bear hunting season last week that shows hunters came up well short of this season's quota of 5,000 animals. Many hunters said during the hunt the unseasonably mild weather experienced was having an impact. And this year's preliminary Youth Deer Hunt numbers show another strong harvest including 57 antler and 57 antlerless deer, 114 combined, that were registered in Lincoln County. For complete harvest and other county totals, look for more in this week's Tomahawk Leader.

**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.


**Summaries of obituaries published in the Oct. 17, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**Rose Mary Luce (nee Schmidt), 70, Tomahawk, born in Rhinelander, married Franklin "Frank" Luce, involved in horse training, boarding and showing (died Friday, Oct. 13, 2017; memorial service noon Saturday, Oct. 21 at Carlson Funeral Home, Rhinelander, visitation begins at 10 a.m.

**Jack Dale Allen, formerly of Merrill, born in Merrill, 1962 graduate of Merrill High School, U.S. Army veteran, married Carol Polak, was an electronics technician, woodworker and home mechanic, couple owned Bramble Patch in New Glarus (died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Middleton after battling dementia; memorial gathering will be held later this year.)

**Donna Maki (nee Ehmke), 83, Brantwood, grew up in Phillips area, lived in Brantwood, married Edwin Maki, couple operated dairy farm until 1991, active in Girl Scout organization, managed Wausau-based Birch Trails Girl Scout Council, also worked as home health care provider (died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017; funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Prentice, visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, and again Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the church).

**David O. "Pops" Ahles, 95, Tomahawk, born in Mosinee, grew up at family resort on Hancock Lake, Harshaw area, graduate of Rhinelander High School, World War II Navy veteran from 1942-46, started own custom home building business with brothers, first wife, Nell Johnson, preceded him in death, married to Alma (died Wednesday, Oct. 11; funeral services with military rites Tuesday, Oct. 17 at noon at Redeemer Ev. Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Grant A. Dotter, 62, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, 1973 graduate of Tomahawk High School, worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Factory, Merrill, and was a rural carrier for the United States Post Office (died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017; no formal service; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Robert M. Wucinski, 76, born in Milwaukee, member of Air Force Reserve, lived in Tomahawk 15 years, sold woodworking as Grampa Bob's Woodworking (died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017; no formal services; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 10-17-2017 issue
Chamber honorees

Pete Wurl was honored with the Lifetime Service Award; John Krueger's support led to the Spirit Award; and Nick and Amanda Glaeser were the recipients of the Ambassador Award at the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and awards night Wednesday. We share details in a story in the Leader this week.

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Emergency Services Tribute

This week's Tomahawk Leader has 10 pages dedicated to a tribute for area Emergency Services personnel, including law enforcement, fire departments, ambulance personnel and more. Please take time to review their efforts, commitment and projects. The newspaper is on newsstands or available for review 24/7/365 with an Online Edition subscription.

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Sport recap

**More important than the 4th place finish the Tomahawk Hatchet girls' swim team ended the day in at Shorewood, dubbed the Small School State, was the knowledge they gained knowing they can swim with some of the best teams from around the state Saturday. Even despite a slow start, the Hatchets managed to claw their way back to the top thanks to swims like the one by Kylee Theiler, who set a new school record in the 500 Free in a time of 5:21.35. After a big test at Shorewood, the Hatchets return to action next Friday, Oct. 27 for the GNC Championship being held at Ladysmith at 5 p.m.

**The Hatchet volleyball team is getting hot when it matters as they took down Lakeland last week 3-1 to finish out the regular GNC season. Tomahawk heads into tonight's Round 1 WIAA playoff game against Medford after three of their last four games. Tonight's game (Tuesday) gets underway at Medford at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to take on the winner of the Lakeland and Antigo game Thursday.

**Competing against two state qualifying teams at the GNC Championship Saturday at Eagle River, the Hatchet boys' and girls' cross country teams managed to each finish in 4th place. Three underclassmen received All-Conference honors for their efforts, including Haley Voermans-Dean and Drew Bolder earning 1st Team All-Conference and Evan Ploeckelman being named to the 2nd Team All Conference. The Hatchet harriers are back in action this Saturday as they travel to Waupaca for the Sectional Meet that gets underway at 11 a.m.

**Heading into Friday's Marawood Conference season finale against Marathon, the Tomahawk Hatchet varsity football team still had a chance at making it into the WIAA playoffs. Instead, the Hatchets post-season hopes were dashed by Marathon's ability to make big plays and shut down Tomahawk's run game as they fell to the Raiders by a score 44-14.

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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.

**Snowbirds, keep in touch over the winter with an Online Edition subscription, available here.

**Milestone Senior Living seeks a part-time Assistant Cook and a full-time NOC Resident Care Assistant.

**Nicolet College has openings for a Dean of Health Occupations, History Instructor and Plumbing Apprenticeship Adjunct.

**Outboards Bar & Grill invites you to join them for the Badger/Packer games with $5 specials: Saints and Packers Sunday at noon, and Maryland and Wisconsin Saturday at 11 a.m.

**Ask for raffle tickets for a Youth ATV valued at $2,350 being given away at this year's Kinship of Tomahawk Kids' Unlimited Fundraising Banquet Oct. 21 (need not be present). Lots of other prizes, too, including overnights, a kayak, guns, jewelry, gift certificates and more.

**The Tomahawk Leader is looking for women and girls to share some of their experiences as hunters. Send us your pictures, comments, memories to Also can mail to P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or stop by our office at 315 W. Wisconsin Ave.

**Save your spot in the Tomahawk Leader upcoming Historical and Progress Edition. Contact the Tomahawk Leader today.

**The Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway. Your chance to win cash.

**Look for classifieds online, too.

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NEWS UPDATES & news briefs

News briefs from the Oct. 17 edition of the Tomahawk Leader:

**Spirit Baptist Church celebrating 125 years: speakers, music, 5k, potluck.

**Bushels of Blessings Fest offers family-friendly event, supports good causes.

**Women's Health Symposium hopes to empower one's health care.

**Columnist Mark Gaedtke is disappearing a lit at a time.

**Area construction leader hits milestone: 107,000 buildings sold.

**Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway. Look for entry form in this week's newspaper. Also find one in the Ad Center link at left. Find the games in ads spread throughout the Leader (including the front news section and special sections) and note your picks.

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German students arriving

Tomahawk High School German teacher, Allison Shantz is excitedly organizing Tomahawk's German-American Partnership Program exchange for the third time. Seventeen students from Carl-Benz Gymnasium will be staying with local families in Tomahawk for two weeks arriving Thursday evening. They will participate in field trips and cultural activities to learn about the American way of life. In July, a group of THS students will travel to Ladenburg, Germany, where they will be welcomed by their German host families and take part in everyday life in another country.

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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

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Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

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