|Lincoln County Recount
(Photo Story) Lincoln County was not scheduled to officially begin its presidential recount until Monday, Dec. 5. By law County Clerk Chris Marlowe and his Board of Canvass had to meet Dec. 1, but they were allowed to adjourn that session until Dec. 5. Marlowe explained that one of his municipal clerks was gone and could not gather necessary paperwork until Saturday. Marlowe expects it to take poll workers up to three days to recount the 14,706 ballots cast in the county's 27 precincts. Lincoln County will be doing the counting by hand, which, while more expensive, will better satisfy any doubts about machine reliability, Marlowe suggested. They plan to work from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. He sees no problem making the Dec. 12 deadline. The costs estimates he submitted to the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) are $32,308 for a hand recount and $26,128 using DS-200 tabulators. A hand recount involves twice as many canvassers/tabulators (20 versus 10). Look for a more in-depth story in this week's Leader, and follow-up here and in the Dec. 13 newspaper as results become available.Tomahawk Leader 12-6-2016 issue; Contributed Photo by Chris Marlowe
Multiple tenants in lot sale on Hometown Dr.
The New Year appears to mean new development in the area of Tomahawk's Shopko Hometown. The city of Tomahawk's Community Development Authority (CDA) has accepted offers from Urban Construction of Wausau for two parcels on Hometown Drive, to the north across the street from Shopko. An offer of $40,000 was accepted for Lot A and would be the site of a 2,400-square-foot building. Lot B would generate $75,000 and sport an 8,000- to 10,000-square-foot building with up to three tenants. Jan. 1 is the desired start date for building, but more will be announced if and when those plans are finalized.Tomahawk Leader 12-6-2016 issue
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**This week's nature page features one of late nature writer Allan Bell's Birch Bark Nature Notes that is revisited where he talks about the joy a backyard birdfeeder can provide and the important role crows play as crafty scavengers. Emily Stone treks Mount Telemark in her Natural Connections telling of the long and important history of the ski hill located in northwest Wisconsin. The DNR Outdoor Report provides a recap of the recently completed nine day gun deer season, and this week's Tomahawk Fishing Report notes anglers willing to brave the cold and snow are being rewarded with some catches of walleyes below area dams with even a few jumbo perch mixed in. Some much anticipated colder weather has finally arrived and it won't be long before the ice fishing season is underway! Tomahawk Leader 12-6-2016 issue
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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Dec. 13, 2016, Tomahawk Leader: Tomahawk Leader 12-6-2016 issue
**Florence Mae Weizenicker (nee Gleisner), 99, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Leon D. Weizenicker, couple owned and operated Lake Ice Company (died 12-7-16; Mass of Christian Burial Monday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.; memorial will be established in her name or to Tomahawk Public Library; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Monica C. Frey (nee Fleischmann), 84, grew up in North Lake, Wis., later lived in Tomahawk, Kingman, Ariz., and recently Lakeland, Fla., attended Hartland High School, in Oconomowoc VFW Ladies' Auxiliary for 50 years (died 10-24-16; memorial service at VFW Post 2260, 830 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in lieu of flowers, donations to VFW in her memory).
**DuWayne "Duke" Wilke, 77, Tomahawk, born in Watertown, married Mary Williams, was a heavy equipment operator for Operating Engineers Local 139, in winter was self-employed logger, couple spent winters in Arizona (died 12-4-16; funeral service Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 3 p.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).
**Summaries of obituaries published in the Dec. 6, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:
**William "Herr" Eric Storm, 76, Merrill, born in town of Corning, married to Charmaine Semerau for 52 years, graduate of Merrill High School, taught German there for 36 years, also driver's education and wrestling coach and referee, named Merrill Teacher of the Year in 1977, involved with community theater and barbershoppers (died 11-30-16; funeral service Monday, Dec. 5 at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ; Waid Funeral Home, Merrill, assisting).
**Daniel "Joker" Erickson, 45, Merrill, born in Merrill, graduate of Merrill High School, married Mechelle Vallecera Acuram Erickson, worked as a boilermaker journeyman for Boilermaker 107 Union for over 20 years (died 11-30-16; funeral services pending with Waid Funeral Home, Merrill).
**Kathryn McLaren Pritchard, born in Tomahawk, worked in play therapy at Johns Hopkins Hospital and North Carolina Memorial Hospital, married Dr. William Lee Pritchard, lived in Georgia and Charlotte, N.C., active in the arts (died 11-18-16; memorial service at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Center City Charlotte at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11; in lieu of flowers memorials to the Mint Museum, the Alzheimer's Association or St. Peter's Episcopal Church).
**Robert Van Zandbergen, 83, Daphne, Ala., born in Sanborn, Iowa, graduate of Central High School in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S. Army Veteran, married Carolyn Neal, was employed at Owens-Illinois in Tomahawk from 1959-88, then Great Northern Nekoosa Papers until retirement in 1990, spent summers at lake home in Tomahawk (died 11-23-16 in Daphne, Ala., funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Daphne Chapel of Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Daphne, AL, visitation begins at 1 p.m.; in lieu of flowers memorial donations to Pheasants Forever, one's local Salvation Army or local food pantry).
|Hunter dies tracking deer
A fondly remembered German teacher from Merrill High School was found dead Wednesday after he was reported missing while hunting on family property in the town of Pine River in Lincoln County. William "Herr" Eric Storm, 76, had returned home about 1 p.m. to get waders so he could cross a river to track a deer he had shot. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office 911 Dispatch Center received a call about 4 p.m. concerning a missing hunter. A ground search and the inaugural use of the county's unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) equipped with a Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) thermal imaging camera searched the area. Ground searchers located the deer the hunter was looking for. After approximately 45 minutes in the air, a UAV thermal image of the possible victim was located on the edge of the river approximately 100 yards south of the deer's location. Ground searchers quickly located the deceased victim at approximately 6:15 p.m. Indications are drowning was the cause of death. A 1963 graduate of the school where he later taught, Storm was a German instructor in Merrill for 36 years.Tomahawk Leader 12-6-2016 issue
Investigation into car-semi death
The investigation continues into an automobile vs. semi-truck accident that killed a 45-year-old Merrill man about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 on Hwy. 8 West near Detienne Road in the town of Crescent, Oneida County. Daniel Erickson was the driver and only occupant of the automobile. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office indicated the automobile was traveling eastbound and crossed into the westbound lane striking the semi-truck head-on. The semi driver was hospitalized. Hwy. 8 was reopened about eight hours later at approximately 9:50 p.m. Medical Examiner Larry Mathein said his investigation had considered anecdotal information concerning the incident and he made note that there were no issues involving weather or the road conditions that day. He said the crash will likely be ruled an accident. He added the semi driver was lucky to be alive and that his vehicle was totaled.Tomahawk Leader 12-6-2016 issue
**The Tomahawk wrestling team kicked off the season with an impressive second place finish at the Oconto Invite Saturday. The Hatchets finished 4-1 in duel meets beating Oconto, Crandon, Shawano and Wabeno/Laona. Tomahawk's only loss came to the winner of the invite, Shiocton. Austin Snow and Matt Turkiewicz finished the day with 5-0 records and Jacob Matti also scored a first place finish in his respective weight class by finishing with a 4-1 record. The Hatchet wrestling team travels to Ashland tonight (Tuesday) before taking part in the Laona-Wabeno Tournament this Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.Tomahawk Leader 12-6-2016 issue
**After notching their first victory of the season, the Tomahawk boys' hockey team hit the road last week for a pair of tough road games. The Hatchets were able to battle back against Marshfield but came up two goals short in falling 6-4. The hockey team also dropped a game at Eagle River and will look to get back on track this week as they host Medford tonight (Tuesday) and the Antigo Red Robins Thursday, Dec. 6 at SARA Park. Both games get underway at 7 p.m. The co-op girls' hockey program of Lakeland/Tomahawk/Mercer won their second game of the season last Tuesday at Medford by a score of 7-0. Tomahawk's Rylie Flohr scored her first goal of the season and Lindsey Wahlleber had two scores. For the second game in a row, goalie Jordan Sparks completed another shutout by blocking the four shots on goal made by Medford.
**The Tomahawk boys' basketball team rebounded from a season opener defeat to Wittenberg-Birnamwood by taking down the Chequamegon Screamin' Eagles at the Hatchet Fieldhouse Friday 47-35. Justin Jarvensivu led all scorers with 27 points. In the season opening 48-27 loss to Wittenberg, the Hatchets had trouble executing, which head coach Tim Albert said was improved upon in the win over Chequamegon. The Hatchet girls' basketball team was in Antigo last week and lost to the Red Robins. Coach Alyssa Galvan said her team showed improvement in the second half but unfortunately the shots just wouldn't fall for the Hatchets. The girls finish off a three game road trip tonight at Crandon before returning Thursday, Dec. 8 to host Medford at the Hatchet Fieldhouse at 7:15 p.m. The boys have a pair of home games including Ladysmith tonight (Tuesday) and Crandon Friday. Both games get underway at 7:15 p.m.
**The THS boys' swim team started split a pair of matches to open the season last week. The Hatchets came up just a bit short in the season opener against Shawano 99-71 before notching their first victory against Rhinelander Thursday. The Hatchets hit the road for a pair of away matches that include tonight (Tuesday) at Medford at 5:30 p.m. and this Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Rhinelander Invite, which gets underway at 11 a.m.
NEW news & news briefs
**Skanawan Town Hall plans, non-metallic mining on board agenda.Tomahawk Leader 12-6-2016 issue
**Remembering Pearl Harbor. You'll want to read the thoughts by local historian Darlene Morren Wurl.
**Go Hatchets winter sports pull-out in the Dec. 6 Leader.
**The 2017 popular Tomahawk Leader desk calendars are here. Stop by the office and pick-up yours.
**Oneida County to pay more than $52,000 to Minocqua newspaper in records case.
**Downtown welcomes Amaris Studio, LLC.
**Nursing Assistant classes being offered in Tomahawk.
**How Much You'll Pay for Medicare in 2017.
**Kathy's Kolumn: How regular table salt can save your pet's life.
**Yvette Chieves honored as statewide 4-H Volunteer of the Year.
**VFW bringing Classical Country Christmas Show to Tomahawk.
**Win the Window Tomahawk Main Street promotion runs Nov. 11-Dec. 21. Several thousand Nov. 15 Tomahawk Leaders included the entry form. They also are available at scores of businesses, including the Tomahawk Leader.
**Kinship of Tomahawk is asking the community to help spread the joy of Christmas to a kinskid. Hand-colored (by kinskids) ornaments containing items kinskids are hoping to receive for Christmas are hanging on trees at Tomahawk Ben Franklin, Nelson's County Market and Tomahawk Pharmacy. Take an ornament from a tree, purchase an item or two listed, and return item(s) with ornament to Tomahawk Ben Franklin, the Tomahawk Leader or Tomahawk Pharmacy by Dec. 5. All items per kinskid should not exceed $25. It's okay if items are not wrapped. For questions or more information, contact Kinship at 715-453-1910.
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