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Positive Play

(Photo Story) Tomahawk Middle School, Tomahawk Kinship ABC (anti-bullying program) and the Tomahawk School District’s Friends program offered a winter snowshoeing activity to help promote positive play. Look for more pictures in our Photo Album.

Tomahawk Leader 1-26-2016 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Caterpillar closing in Prentice

Caterpillar has announced the forest products facility in Prentice would be among five plants closings as part of a broader cost-cutting campaign the company announced last year. The mining and construction equipment company will cut 220 jobs in Prentice and about 230 jobs for office and production workers at a major manufacturing campus in East Peoria, Ill., where the company is consolidating some manufacturing and transferring some work to outside contractors. Caterpillar is also closing factories and cutting about 250 jobs in Thomasville, Ga., and Santa Fe, N.M., although the company said it will consolidate some operations and add about 160 jobs at an existing plant in Pontiac, Ill. Other moves will affect plants in Indiana, Mississippi, Texas and China. Caterpillar Inc. said most of the moves are part of a broader consolidation effort announced last year, which was expected to affect about 10,000 jobs over three years. The company currently employs about 106,000 workers worldwide. Caterpillar has owned the Prentice facility since 2007. Logging equipment has been manufactured at the facility since 1945 and at one time employed as many as 400 workers.

Tomahawk Leader 2-2-2016 issue
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**McDonald’s is hiring part-time people in Tomahawk.

**The Department of Corrections seeks Youth Counselors (correctional Officers for Copper Lake/Lincoln Hills School in Irma.

**Country Terrace of Wisconsin in Tomahawk has a full-time positions for an Assistant Director.

**Plan on attending the Alice in Winterland fishing event Feb. 6.

**Tomahawk Bus Company wants part-time school bus drivers.

**The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program can assist qualifying Lincoln County residents with paying their heating and electric costs.

**Take the Kinship of Tomahawk Polar Plunge Saturday, Feb. 27.

**Area Glass is looking to training the right individual for commercial and residential glass construction.

**You'll also find lots of classified ads.

Tomahawk Leader 2-2-2016 issue
Child enticement

A Tomahawk man was taken into custody and faces two felony charges of using a computer to try to entice an underage girl into having sexual relations following an Internet sting in Marathon County. Christopher Kathamegos, 30, Tomahawk, faces two felony counts of child enticement and use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia following the sting where investigators posed as a 15-year-old girl on Craigslist. Kathamegos and six other men from central Wisconsin made arrangements to meet with the juvenile, allegedly with the intent of having sexual relations. The other six suspects, who ranged in ages from 24 to 41, are from Schofield, Wausau, Marshfield, Neillsville and Marathon.

Tomahawk Leader 1-26-2016 issue
Kinship salute: mentor a child

The Jan. 26 Tomahawk Leader is filled with a 4-page spread dedicated to Kinship of Tomahawk and the need for mentors for the 23 children on the waiting list. Learn more about the after-school KinsKlub, the Feb. 27 icy Polar Plunge fundraiser, the high school Friends program and how to donate to Kinship. You’ll see the faces of the kids on the waiting list and maybe find someone you’d like to mentor.

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Nature items:

**Check our Snowmobile Report for updates and news about local snowmobiling.

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

**Enter your Photo in the Northwoods Wildlife Center’s 2016 Photo Contest.

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Feb. 9, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Michael "Flint" Parker, 30, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, attended Tomahawk High School, after high school moved to Merrill and worked at Wausau Steel Corp, Northern Wire LLC and Walmart (died unexpectedly 2-3-16; funeral services Friday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 11 from 4-7 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home and again Friday beginning at 10 a.m.)

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Feb. 2, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**John "Jack" E. Monahan, 90, Tomahawk, born in Lomira, lived most of life in Wauwatosa, served in Merchant Marine during World War II and Air Force during Korean War, married Louise Lowery, worked for Wisconsin Electric and Power for 40 years, first as lineman and later as foreman, couple moved to Tomahawk in 1991, Louise died in 2001, married Marilyn Schneider (died 1-28-16; Mass of Christian Burial with military honors Saturday, Feb. 13 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m., memorials to St. Mary School or St. Mary Church; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Wendell O. DeWitt, 88, Tomahawk, formerly of Fort Atkinson, born in Charleston, AR, Navy veteran of World War II, married to Roxanna for more than 64 years, with father-in-law opened Fort Shot Rite in 1965, later became DeWitt Foods in Fort Atkinson and Delavan, upon retirement from grocery business couple moved to Tomahawk, purchased Big Bear Mini Golf & Ice Cream Shop (died 1-26-16 from a stroke; funeral services Saturday, Jan. 30 at noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cold Springs; visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 at Dunlap Memorial Home, Fort Atkinson; memorial contributions to Northland Lutheran High School or the Salvation Army).

**Maureen “Mo” Rebecca Johnson (nee Andersen), 65, formerly of Irma, born in Winneconne, WI, loved horses, moved to Irma in 1970, worked at Lincoln Hills Boys School, bought a farm, joined National Ski Patrol and patrolled primarily at Camp 10, married James Johnson, with friends started horse club called Paririe River Ride Association, today is the Underdown Horse Club, worked at CESA 9, member of Northwoods Search and Rescue, helping all over the state (died 1-24-16; memorial service Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill; visitation begins at 9 a.m.)

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Jan. 26, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Emil H. Krueger, 92, Tomahawk, born in Merrill, married Mary Jane Stachowiak, graduated from Mortuary School at Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, returned to Merrill to work with his brother at Krueger Funeral Home, couple moved to Tomahawk in 1947 and founded Krueger & Sons Funeral Home, currently Krueger Family Funeral Home, served as surgical technician in U.S. Army, former member of Tomahawk Volunteer Fire Department (died 1-22-16; Mass of Christian Burial with full military honors Monday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation Sunday, Jan. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, with vigil service at 7 p.m.; visitation to continue Monday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at the church.

**Stephan "Jethro" Bremer, 57, Tomahawk, born in Madison, married Jackie Galler, served in the U.S. Marine Corps., worked as a carpenter for Kip and Company, then Tomahawk Log Home and then owned Bremer Builders in Tomahawk (died 1-22-16 under hospice care; funeral services Saturday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation Friday, Jan. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and continues Saturday at 9 a.m. at the church).

**James Ford Sheridan, 81, born in Duluth, Minn., attended Superior High School, served in U.S. Army, married Barbara Bjur, guidance counselor, teacher and coach in Tomahawk and Omro, started Tomahawk Youth Hockey program in 1968 (died 1-20-16; services Thursday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Saxeville; in lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, 517 N. Segoe Rd., Suite 301, Madison, WI 53705; Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madison, assisting).

**Kenneth E. Kelch II, 75, Hazelhurst, born in Wausau, married Michelle Baxter, attended Wausau High School, worked 36 years at Linetec, retiring in 1999, couple moved to Hazelhurst where Ken was able to enjoy the Willow Flowage, (died 1-21-16; no formal services; Celebration of Life at a later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Jason Paul Bienfang, 37, born in Merrill, iron worker by trade for several years, worked for Boldt Construction early in his career and most recently at CR Meyers (died 1-20-16; no service will be held; a Celebration of Life will take place in the future. Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 1-26-2016 issue
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Scope of Southgate Dr. project

The city of Tomahawk has a pretty good idea of what they would like to see Southgate Drive look like once reconstruction is complete next summer with a sidewalk, curb and gutter and a repaved road. But where the funds will come from to pay for the construction project that could reach $600,000 remains yet to be seen. At a joint Finance and Public Works Committee meeting held Wednesday at City Hall, council members approved an initial concept for the road design scheduled to get underway next year to coincide with the Lincoln County Highway Department’s repave of adjoining CTH S. It is anticipated completing both projects at the same time would allow the city to save on mobilization costs.

Tomahawk Leader 2-2-2016 issue
Mayoral forum

A crowd of more than 50 was on hand at SARA Park Wednesday to listen and meet with the four candidates vying to become the next mayor of Tomahawk. Just over two weeks out from the Feb. 16 primary, when Tomahawk voters will narrow the field of four to two candidates to compete in the upcoming spring election, the forum provided the opportunity to hear from candidates on a number of topics pertaining to the city. Candidates answered questions and provided opening and closing comments about why they should be the city’s next mayor. The field of four candidates include incumbent Mayor Clarann Stocker, former Tomahawk Common Council president Don Nelson, current councilman Mickey Loka and longtime Tomahawk EMS and paramedic Steve Taskay.

Tomahawk Leader 2-2-2016 issue
Sport recap

**The Tomahawk girls’ basketball team lost 52-9 at Antigo Friday.

**The Hatchet boys’ basketball squad lost 69-59 to visiting Northland Pines. Justin Jarvensivu led all scorers with 25 points. The visiting Tomahawk boys’ basketball team lost 65-49 to GNC-leading Mosinee. Jarvensivu had 24 points to lead all scorers.

**The Hatchet boys’ hockey team lost two games last week to host Waupaca and visiting Marshfield by scores of 5-1 and 6-4, respectively. Brett Gerber scored Tomahawk’s lone goal at Waupaca, while Patrick Setala, Steven Renn, Max Bembinster and Jordan Tomaszewski tallied against Marshfield.

**Tomahawk’s boys’ swim team swamped host Medford 119-48 Thursday. The Hatchets won 10 of 11 events, including the 200-yard medley relay (Kole Svacina, Evan Ploeckelman, Parker Knipfer and Lucas Tjugum), 200 freestyle (Svacina), 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly (Nathan Goehe), 50 and 100 freestyle (Logan Loretz), 500 freestyle (Jacob Miller), 100 backstroke (Svacina), 200 freestyle relay (Goehe, Tjugum, Hamm and Loretz) and 400 freestyle relay (Goehe, Svacina, Hamm and Loretz).

**The Tomahawk wrestlers defeated visiting Rhinelander 41-25 Thursday. Winners were Quinton Wallenfang, Zach Stefanich, Kaleb Kaminski, Dane Borchardt, Ches Olson, Brady Anderson, Wyatt Wenninger, Blake Carstensen and Jacob Matti. Saturday, the Tomahawk wrestlers trekked south to Markesan to compete in a 10-team invitational. The Hatchets placed fourth overall with 180 team points. Saturday, the Tomahawk wrestlers trekked south to Markesan to compete in a 10-team invitational. The Hatchets placed fourth overall with 180 team points. Winning individual championships were Anderson, Wallenfang, Kaminski and Borchardt.

Tomahawk Leader 1-26-2016 issue
1 fired; 3 at Lincoln Hills resign

A Lincoln Hills School employee was fired for excessive use of force and three others who had been on administrative leave at the youth correctional facility in Irma resigned last week. The three resignations came within a matter of three days of each other as the state and FBI investigation continues at the correctional school for youth boys and girls. Kaitlyn Knospe, a youth counselor advanced, had been on paid leave since Dec. 10 and resigned Jan. 19; Timothy Johnson, a youth counselor, had been on leave since March 25 and resigned Jan. 21; and Nicole Daniecki, social worker, had been on leave since Dec. 21 and resigned last Monday. According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Johnson and the fired employee, Travis Taves, were involved in an incident at the school during which a resident’s arm was fractured. Taves was allegedly involved in another incident where a resident reported being struck in the face multiple times, a claim Taves denied, and in another case, Johnson was reportedly with another youth when the teen’s arm was broken. The two former employees deny the allegations and Johnson told the newspaper he is being used as a scapegoat for the wide-ranging problems at the youth correctional facility. Johnson said his resignation had been inadvertently sent but the superintendent at the school would not allow him to rescind it. Taves said he would fight his termination. Look for more in the Jan. 26 Tomahawk Leader.

Tomahawk Leader 1-26-2016 issue
New news & news briefs

**Some of the stories/ad information we have in the Jan. 26, 2016, issue include:

**Look for the Wedding Planner 2016 and 1st Time Homeowners section in the Jan. 26 Tomahawk Leader. There’s a story by Dixie Zastrow about her love for weddings and several in the area that bring fond memories; “Tips for first-time home buyers.” “How do couples merge their finances?” A guide to financial implications of marriage in Wisconsin. Kids or No Kids? Deciding if you want kids attending your wedding? “Dating after 50: Some do’s and don’ts.” “How to manage seating arrangements.” And much more.

**Get your photo taken with Elsa Saturday at SARA Park; benefits Tomahawk Main Street. Check the Community Calendar for more info.

**Read about Baby Bentley and his struggles following birth.

**Variances raised during public hearing on shoreland zoning.

**St. Mary Church hosting mission: Tuesday, Feb. 2 concert with Fr. Marchionda and Sister Willits.

**Celebrate Catholic Schools Week. There are details in the Jan. 26 issue.

**State Sen. Tom Tiffany responds to a commentary by the Tomahawk Leader on shoreland zoning.

**What to do with an unexpected inheritance.

**Nybergs celebrate 65th anniversary.

**Heritage Chevrolet is holding a 20th anniversary Sell-Abration.

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Mayoral public forum; County Board

**Look for follow-up coverage about the Jan. 27 Mayoral Forum in the Feb. 3 Tomahawk Leader. We will also have additional information about the candidates in the coming weeks, as well as details about the new Photo ID law for voting in the Feb. primary and April 5 Spring election. There will be ballot information, too.

**As part of an effort to help inform the voter and make the candidates available to the public for questions ahead of the upcoming Feb. 16 primary and spring election to follow in April, Tomahawk voters are encouraged to attend a special mayoral public forum Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at SARA Park. Among the sponsors is the Tomahawk Leader. The four candidates include incumbent Mayor Clarann Stocker, former Common Council president Don Nelson, current council member Mickey Loka and longtime Tomahawk EMS paramedic Steve Taskay.

**The League of Women Voters of the North Woods will host a Lincoln County Board candidate forum Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Buedingen Training Center, W6147 State Hwy. 86, Tomahawk. Among the anticipated topics will be broadband, shoreland zoning, the North Central Health Care consortium and recreational trails.

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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:

**McDonald’s is hiring part-time people to work in Tomahawk.

**The Department of Corrections Copper Lake/Lincoln Hills School seeks a Youth Counselor (Correctional Officer).

**Charter NEX Films is seeking a full-time Maintenance Technician.

**The Tomahawk Leader is looking for a Receptionist/Bookkeeper to replace a long-time employee who is retiring.

**Country Terrace of Wisconsin in Tomahawk has a full-time opening for an Assistant Director.

**Applications are being taken for a GIS Specialist-Surveying Technician in the Lincoln County Land Services Department.

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

Look for classifieds online, too.

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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

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