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New Lincoln County SWAT vehicle

(Photo Story) The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has acquired a former piece of military equipment to serve as its new special response team (SRT) vehicle. The Caimen MRAP (mine resistant armored personnel) vehicle still has a sticker on it from Kuwait, but the former ambush-protected military vehicle will now serve to protect law enforcement and the public alike. Read more about how Lincoln County acquired this vehicle for just $4,000 in shipping costs and how it will be used by the department in the Aug. 26, 2014, Tomahawk Leader. The newspaper is on newsstands now. An Online Edition subscription (click here) also gives you access to the entire newspaper, and some archived previous copies.

Tomahawk Leader 8-26-2014 issue; Contributed Photo
Hiawatha-Bearskin ribbon-cutting

On a gray Saturday morning along County Road K in Oneida County north of Tomahawk, several people gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the joining of the Hiawatha and Bearskin trails between Tomahawk and Minocqua to a continuous, 32-mile hiking/biking/snowmobile trail. The project has been going on for more than 25 years and has been spearheaded and prodded along by Tomahawk businessman Jim Wise for the entire time. This year, the funding for the project ($100,000) finally was approved at the state level so that work on the last few miles of trail could be completed. Read more in the Aug. 26 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands or through an Online Edition subscription.

**Now that the Hiawatha and Bearskin Trails are officially linked between Tomahawk and Minocqua (thanks in large part to the ongoing efforts of Jim Wise who fought for the combined trail for 25 years!), the Tomahawk Leader would like to feature the trails in a publication. We are looking for photos of people enjoying the trails, landmarks, wildlife, plants, scenery at any time of the year. Please submit photos to with Hiawatha-Bearskin in the subject line. Or send them to P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487, or stop by 315 W. Wisconsin Ave. Include some background information about what's shown and comments about what you like best about the trails. It would be greatly appreciated! Direct questions to 715-453-2151.

Tomahawk Leader 8-26-2014 issue
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Sport recap

**The Tomahawk girls' swim team competed at Colby Wednesday in a pentathlon meet. Sophomore Lauren Hilt won three events and the pentathlon title, while freshman Rachel Dallman won every freshmen event, including the pentathlon. Mikhayla Kleich set four personal records. Also medaling (top three) at the Colby meet were seniors Katherine Russell (butterfly, backstroke, freestyle and IM), Michaela Galganski (breaststroke and freestyle) and Taylor Hansen (backstroke), juniors Karli Cecil (butterfly and IM) and Baylee Dallman (freestyle and IM) and freshmen Dakota Cole (butterfly) and Kirstin Marcks (backstroke, breaststroke and IM).

**The Hatchet football team fell to visiting Auburndale Friday by a score of 22-14. Dane Borchardt scored both Tomahawk touchdowns on runs of 23 and 81 yards, respectively.

**The Tomahawk co-ed cross country team hosted its annual alumni scrimmage and won both competitions over the "old" athletes. Justin Lund (class of 2000) and Derek Tassler (class of 1992) went 17:56 and 19:10 respectively to lead the veterans. The current Hatchets took the men's competition, however, by placing the next 11 finishers. This inflated the unofficial alumni score to 48, while the locals scored 25 points. Hatchet placements were: Tyler Wittmann, third, 19:30); Troy VanStrydonk, fourth, 19:44; Austin Kaiser, fifth, 19:45); Jacob McGuire, sixth, 19:49); and Lucas Tjugum, seventh, 20:05). Hatchet junior Dani Whiting won the women's event, as she covered the 5k course in a time of 19:41. Other Lady Hatchets finishers were: Claire Kuehn, second, 22:28; Talyn Jones, third, 22:59; Emmy Larson, fifth, 23:41); Susan Waye, sixth, 24:11; Alex Zedler, seventh, 24:50.

**Tori Stevens is remembered as Tomahawk racers' biggest fan.

**'No Frills' Marathon set Sunday traveling the Bearskin Trail at 7 a.m. Register online at

**Hatchet golf benefit set for Labor Day.

Tomahawk Leader 8-26-2014 issue
Nature items

**The Central Wisconsin River Series is coming to Tomahawk Sept. 6. The River Series will hold its final one-day qualifier on Lake Mohawksin, at which time 45 teams take off from SARA Park at 6:30 a.m. to compete for top honors and the remaining five spots in the CWRS Championship to be held Sept. 27-28 on Lake Mohawksin. Weigh-in starts at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at Veterans Memorial Park in Tomahawk and is open to the public.

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

**See the Lake Series in the Tomahawk Leader. The Aug 26 segment features the Jersey Flowage. The July 1 segment features Lake Alice, complete with history, pictures and a map. The July 15 segment is dedicated to Lake Mohawksin. The July 29 layout is all about Lake Nokomis. They are definitely informative keepsakes. Stop by the Leader office for copies.

Tomahawk Leader 8-26-2014 issue
Links to information

Looking for things to do? Check our Community Calendar for an in-depth listing of area events. And, do some extra site-seeing with our online Town Square business directory to find places to stay, dine and shop. We also feature a 15-day forecast on our Weather link; front page Map; snowmobile Trail Report; and online Fishing Report, plus our School Calendars include student activities, sporting events and information about ACT testing and college visitation dates.

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

2013 Year in Review, pdf below

Click on the pdf for the Tomahawk Leader 2013 Year in Review. Week by week story highlights from an interesting year.

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**Arriving too late for publication; full obituaries will be published in the Sept. 2, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Charles Joseph Kosuth, 95, Tomahawk, formerly of Romeo, Mich., born in Ironwood, Mich., served in U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, lifetime brickmason, married to Frances (died 8-26-14; funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at St. Andrews Catholic Church, Rochester, Mich., lie in state beginning at 9:30 a.m., also visitation Friday, Aug. 29 from 4-8 p.m. at Prixley Funeral Home, Rochester; memorials to Tomahawk Fishing Unlimited).

**Maureen A. Higgins, 57, Rhinelander, formerly of Dallas, Texas, taught at St. Bernard Catholic School, Dallas, for 30 years, and at Nativity of Our Lord Parish School, Rhinelander (died 8-25-14; memorial Mass 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, St Mary's site Rhinelander, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Delores "Dee" Rummel (nee Harry), 88, formerly of Alliance and Louisville, Ohio, and Tomahawk, joined husband of 70 years, Jerry, born in Alliance, Ohio, graduated from Alliance High School, worked during World War II at Taylorcraft as a "Rosie the Riveter," also at the Five & Dime, as a hostess/waitress at the Virginian Restaurant, and retired form Belden Village Lighting Center as a lighting consultant, accomplished seamstress (died 8-26-14; memorial service at later date for both Dee and Jerry (he died 4-25-14); Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Aug. 26, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Debra Wilmot (nee Young), 57, Tomahawk, born in Merrill, married Irvin Houpt, he died in 2008, later married Steve Wilmot, formerly employed in housekeeping at the Bridge Inn and Super 8 Motel in Tomahawk and as a newspaper carrier for the Wausau Daily Herald (died 8-19-2014; memorial service 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 11 a.m.)

**Dawn A. Gessler (nee Erickson), 75, Tomahawk, married to Thomas Gessler, lived in Manitowish Waters for many years, moved back to Tomahawk following her retirement (died 8-20-14; funeral services noon Saturday, Aug. 23 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.)

**Dale L. Dellenbach, 63, Rhinelander, born in Wausau, employed with Saint Mary's Hospital before enlisting in the U. S. Army, returned to Rhinelander to work at the hospital, later worked at Moritz Painting and then the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, retiring in 2011 (died 8-16-14; funeral services 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Grace Foursquare Church, Rhinelander, visitation will begin at 9 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Pauline "Polly" Duchac (nee Igl), 76, Antigo, born in Antigo, 1955 graduate of Antigo High School, married Gerald Duchac, RN degree, worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Wausau, then employed as Dr. B.W. Beattie's office nurse in Antigo, the couple moved to Racine where she worked in the children's ward at St. Mary's Hospital, and as an office nurse for Dr. A.J. Schleper, moved back to Antigo in 1967, returned to work for Dr. Beattie on part-time basis, worked at Eastview Medical Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, retiring in 2003, spent 45 years in the nursing professions, she and Jerry also owned Farmer's Elevator from 1968-78 (died 8-17-14; funeral Mass Thursday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, Antigo, visitation is Wednesday, Aug. 20 (her birthday) from 3-7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Bradley Funeral Home, Antigo).

**James Vernon Obey, 79, Snohomish, Wash., born in Tomahawk, graduated from Tomahawk High School, joined U.S Air Force and served for 24 years (died 8-1-14; interment with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.)

Tomahawk Leader 8-26-2014 issue
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Tomahawk Fall Ride 2014: Official Guide posted here!

The 2014 Official Tomahawk Fall Ride Guide is headed to the printers, but you can get a preview here. The handy, pocket-size guide has details about events at SARA Park, downtown, the Harley-Davidson Somo Avenue plant and Bubba's Big Party, along with times, bands, a new sponsor, information on the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and much more.

This year's Fall Ride runs Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14. Watch for the actual guide at participating businesses and here at the Tomahawk Leader office around the end of August.

Please come enjoy the fun in and around Tomahawk. Send us your pictures from the Fall Ride at and look for our news and photo coverage afterwards, with pictures posted to our Photo Album.

Tomahawk knows how to put on a great motorcycle rally; join the tens of thousands who already know that. See you Sept. 11-14 in Tomahawk, Wis. We'd love it if you'd share comments about past visits on our Message Board now, and please do so while in town or afterwards. And, again, we welcome your pictures!

Check the pdf of the Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA immediately below.

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Library closed all September

The Tomahawk Public Library will be closed Sept. 2 through the entire month of September for interior painting and carpet installation. Patrons are encouraged to visit the Tomahawk Public Library and stock up on your materials before Sept. 1, and to pick up their reserves/holds by Aug. 30. No library materials will be due in September. "Your V-Cat library card works at these area libraries: T.B. Scott Library in Merrill, Rhinelander District Library and the Minocqua Public Library. For free Internet services please visit one of the above libraries," Director Mary Dunn. "We are encouraging those patrons who need free Internet services to visit the T.B. Scott Library in Merrill, the Rhinelander District Library in Rhinelander or the Minocqua Public Library in Minocqua. We also are encouraging our Wi-Fi users to support our local businesses who have Wi-Fi available as customers." During September, the library's Children's Department will still hold its weekly Play & Learn program on Thursday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Rodeway Inn & Suites. Newspaper subscriptions will be available for viewing at the Tomahawk Senior Center, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Direct any questions to the Tomahawk Public Library at 715-453-2455.

Tomahawk Leader 8-26-2014 issue
NEW NEWS and News Tidbits

**NEWS UPDATE AS OF AUG. 27, 2014. WOMAN KILLED IN VEHICLE CRASH: The name of the victim of the single-vehicle crash in the Town of Pine River has been released. She is Jamie L. Berna, 30, Wausau. Look for more information in the Sept. 2, Tomahawk Leader.

Released Tuesday, Aug. 26: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred this morning in the Town of Pine River. At 6:02 a.m., a cell 911 caller reported finding a vehicle crash on County Road G east of French Ridge Rd. Deputies and EMS discovered a vehicle had left the roadway and crashed. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was found fatally injured at the scene. Deputies are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash and are working on notifying the next of kin of the woman. Additional information will be released later this evening. Publication will be in the Sept. 2, 2014, Tomahawk Leader.

**Look for more about these stories in the Aug. 26, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Former treasurer, lieutenant charged with misconduct, theft from Little Rice Fire Department. Details in the Aug. 26 Tomahawk Leader.

**111 mph chase leads to youth with drugs; 17 year old Tomahawk youth arrested. Details in the Aug. 26 Tomahawk Leader.

**Supervisor calls board replacement slap in face of former member's memory.

**Good news for county budget development: Equalized valuation up first time in four years.

**Walk Saturday, Sept. 6 aims to end MS.

**Lincoln County committee may have saved man's life.

**Three Farmers' Markets in Tomahawk.

**Fill propane tanks early 25,000 WHEAP families told.

**Strengthening program aims at middle-aged, older women.

**Lussow joins Nicolet Board of Trustees.

**Help bring bullying speaker to Tomahawk. A sizable sum is needed to help bring an internationally-known speaker, Barbara Coloroso, to Tomahawk on behalf of Kinship of Tomahawk. If you're able to lend financial support, make out a check to Kinship of Tomahawk-Anti-Bullying and mail it to P.O. Box 653, Tomahawk, WI 54487, call 715-453-1910 or email

**Citywide Dumpster Day is Sept. 6.

**Spirit Church Blood Drive. Check our Community Calendar for this and other events.

**Tomahawk schools' back-to-school open houses slated Tuesday, Aug. 26. See the School Calendars for items. School starts Sept. 2. The Tomahawk Leader has information of interest to school families.

Check out how to see the Tomahawk Leader e-edition anytime, anywhere via the link below.

Tomahawk Leader 8-26-2014 issue
Back to School section

The Aug. 5 Tomahawk Leader has 6 pages dedicated to Back to School information for the Tomahawk Schools and St. Mary's. Included are details about open houses, registration, school supplies, staff, the new principals, school calendars and much, much more. See the pull-out section in the Aug. 5 newspaper, available on newsstands, at the Leader office or through an Online Edition subscription in the link below. Remember, our E-edition makes a great going-away-from-home gift for that college student. Helps them keep in touch with all the local news and sports.

High School Registration Day Thursday, Aug. 21

THS grades 9-12 Registration Day, THS Hatchet Cafe, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. All THS students are required to participate in registration day and it is recommended that a parent/guardian attend with their son/daughter(s). The following are the assigned times:
**Class of 2018 (freshmen), 8-10 a.m.
**Class of 2017 (sophomores), 10-11 a.m.
**Class of 2016 (juniors), 11 a.m.-noon
**Class of 2015 (seniors), noon-1 p.m.

Visitors must enter through the main THS entrance (Door #23). The following activities will occur:

Payment of a $40 fee. If the fee is not paid, a student will not be able to proceed with registration. If families are in need of  nancial assistance they should contact the THS of ce at 715-453-2106 prior to Aug. 21 or there will be an opportunity to discuss  nancial assistance at registration day. Families will be able to place funds into a student's lunch account and pay parking fees. There also will be distribution of registration materials, food service information and 2014-15 student class schedules.

The Class of 2018 will receive their student Chromebooks, with training and general procedure overview. Upperclassmen will receive their Chromebooks during the  rst week of school.
Other Registration Day activities include: Picture day with LifeTouch. (This picture day will be the of cial picture day, replacing the previous one in September.) Picture order material and order placement will be available with LifeTouch. Distribution of student IDs which provide free admission to THS co-curricular events. There also will be access to the school store, as well as assistance with student password updates and resets. The procedure should take each upperclassman approximately 25 minutes and about 45 minutes for incoming freshmen.

Additional registration/open houses for other students are Tuesday, Aug. 26. Check our School Calendar for those details.

Tomahawk Leader 8-5-2014 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. This week's posted listings include lots of HELP WANTED ads:

**Rhinelander Housing Authority has a two-bedroom apartment available.

**Celltech Wireless has an advertisement for a Sales Associate.

**Care Partners Country Terrace Assisted Living announces its facility will open on 300 Theiler Dr.

**Louisiana-Pacific (LP) in Tomahawk seeks a Utility Worker.

**Bear Staffing needs ASAP second/third Welders and CNC Operators in Prentice.

**Georgia-Pacific manufacturing in Phillips seeks candidates for its Hardboard production line.

**Church Mutual Toastmasters is offering a 6-week SpeechCraft session beginning Sept 16. Look for the ad and a story in the Aug. 26 Tomahawk Leader for additional information.

**Northland Accounting seeks a full-time Staff Accountant.

**Help Wanted: Full-time First Shift MIG Welders, Steel Fabricators, Wet Painters at Merrill Equipment Co.

**The Town of Minocqua is accepting applications for its Director of Public Works position.

**Nicolet College has employment opportunities for Electromechanical Technology Instructors, LTE Grant Reporting Coordinator.

**Doctors Foster and Smith lists a number of full- and part-time positions: Order Pickers, Call Center Agents, Coral Farm and Fulfillment Supervisor.

**The Tomahawk School District has several openings for Substitute Custodians for the 2014-15 school year.

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

Tomahawk Leader 8-26-2014 issue
Lake Series: Jersey Flowage

Don't miss the two-page spread in our Lake Series, this week on Jersey Flowage. See a lake map and stories about fishing opportunities, Friends of the Jersey, a historic business on the shores, annual visitors of the feathered kind and additional information. The Jersey is the fourth in our Lake Series. The Tomahawk Leader also has featured Lake Nokomis, Lake Alice and Lake Mohawksin. Stop by our office for copies of the series.

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