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Near State Record Crappie

(Photo Story) Kurt DeKiep of Tomahawk, and his son, Dane, had an exceptional evening of fishing recently when they caught this near state record crappie in a Tomahawk area lake. DeKiep’s fish measured an incredible 20 inches and weighed almost 4 pounds. That is just shy of the state record caught in 1967 on the Gile Flowage in Iron County that measured 19.75 inches long and weighed in at 4 pounds 8 ounces. DeKiep’s catch was the talk of the town as anglers viewed the massive fish on display at Chuck’s Sports Shop. A longtime angler, DeKiep said he was shocked when he brought in the fish and realized what he had caught, noting he plans to have the fish mounted to remember the once-in-a-lifetime catch that almost made it into the state Hook and Line Record Book.

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114 candidates for graduation

One hundred fourteen Tomahawk High School seniors are candidates for graduation Saturday, May 30 in a 1 p.m. ceremony to be held in the Tomahawk Elementary School field house. Three students share the honor of being valedictorians of the Class of 2015. Speaking to their fellow classmates, family and friends will be Katherine Reiter, Heidi Massa and Brianna Pemble. The remaining top 10% of the class include Claire Kuehn, Katherine Russell, Tyler Wittmann, Andrew Olson, Alexandra Zedler, Jordan Roessler and Talyn Jones. No tickets are needed to attend graduation. ALSO: Some $120,000 in local scholarships will be awarded to this year’s seniors during a special program Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. in the district auditorium. Watch the June 2 Tomahawk Leader for a special Graduation Section, with ceremony pictures, senior photos, scholarship listing, individual plans and lots of well-wishes.

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Tomahawk Community Awards June 6

Tickets are available for the 2015 Tomahawk Community Awards Banquet, a time to recognize outstanding service and leadership within the community. The banquet, sponsored by the Tomahawk Leader and hosted by Inshalla Country Club, will be held Saturday, June 6 at Inshalla. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program to follow. Honored will be this year’s winners of the Distinguished Service Award, the most coveted of awards, this year marking its 60th year; LEADERship Award, Youth LEADER of the Year and a Community Appreciation Award. Tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for youth age 18 and under. They are available at the Tomahawk Leader and Tomahawk Chamber offices, call 715-453-2151 or email Past award winners are always encouraged to attend, and particularly to help mark the program’s 60th anniversary. For that reason, too, former Jaycees and Jaycettes are invited as that organization previously sponsored the event.

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New news & news briefs

**Look for pictures from the Main Street Memories car show in our Photo Album. An awards listing will be published in the June 2 Tomahawk Leader.

**Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander offers free drop-in childcare to medical, hospital patients.

The Tomahawk High School graduating class of 1965 will hold its 50th class reunion July 11 at Pine Tree Supper Club. If anyone knows where Darlene Bruesewitz, Jack Erickson, Elaine Gill, Sheryl Goff, Marilyn Hoffer, Janet Irlbacker, William Koch, David Kuschel, Mary Lobermeier, Eugene Lundgren, Edward Parker, Mary Kay Schroepher, Frank Sindelar, Joane Steele or Patricia Steeves are, call 715-453-7183.

**THS fine arts awards announced and Kathy’s Kolumn is about the Community Appreciation Breakfast put on by Tomahawk High School’s Youth Apprenticeship, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), THS yearbook, Lincoln County Partners in Education (LCPIE) and THS students. (See Photo Album).

**Storm Spotter class slated.

**New 70 mph signs being installed on rural interstate; new limit will not take effect until highway segment is officially posted.

**Fr. John Anderson, pastor of the Catholic communities of St. Mary Church in Tomahawk, St. Augustine in Harrison and St. Francis of Assisi of Pier-Willow area, informed his congregations this past weekend that he will be leaving the end of June. He is moving to Immaculate Conception Parish and St. Mary School in New Richmond and St. Patrick's Parish in Erin Prairie. New Richmond is his hometown, he notes. His first day there will be July 1. The priest coming to this area will be Fr. Louis Maram Reddy.

**Tomahawk Main Street is asking for and appreciates donations in any amount to defray expenses for the flower baskets and boxes that soon will appear downtown. The amount of a $45 donation was set to “Adopt a Flower Basket.” Perhaps you can “adopt” more than one or honor the memory of a loved with a living memorial. Make checks payable to Tomahawk Main Street and send them to: P.O. Box 131, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or stop in the office at 225 W. Wisconsin Ave. In the memo of the check, write “Foster Downtown Flowers.”

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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.

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 now hiring part-time people for work in Tomahawk.

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

**Lincoln County Highway Department is accepting proposals for 25,000 tons of crushed gravel.

**Lincoln County’s Highway Department also is accepting bids for plow equipment.

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Summaries of obituaries to be published in the June 2, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Beatrice "Better" J. Haefner (nee Berndt), 86, Tomahawk, born in Clinton, 1946 graduate of Beloit High School, married Joseph Haefner, she and husband owned Pine Ridge Auto Body in Montello, also lived in Merrill, Woodruff where she owned Betty's Crafts, and Tomahawk in 2014 (died 5-21-15; funeral services Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk).

**Violet F. Throm (nee Johnson) 81, Black River Falls, born in Black River Falls, raised in various areas including living in Tomahawk for 15 years, married Leroy Throm, owned and operated an antique store for about 30 years and then owned the Merrillan Motel in Merrillan (died 5-23-15; funeral services Friday, May 29 at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Black River falls; visitation Thursday, May 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Torgerson Funeral Home, Black River Falls, and again at the church Friday, beginning at noon.

Summaries of obituaries published in the May 26, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Brian M. Erickson, 66, Harrison, born in Morris, Ill., married Vanessa Lass, U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War, retired truck driver and machinist (died 5-18-15; private family services; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Donald W. Kuehling, 93, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Muriel Martwick, served in Army during World War II, worked in heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry for over 40 years while living in Chicago area, retired in 1986 and couple moved back to Tomahawk (died 5-18-15; funeral services Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.)

**Jeffrey A. Behling, 67, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, Ill., 1965 high school graduate, married to Linda, managed apartment complexes and was a postal clerk in Milwaukee for many years, couple vacationed at cabin before moving to Tomahawk permanently in 2001 (died 5-16-15; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 5-26-2015 issue
Fairgrounds to Merrill for $1?

The Lincoln County Board, after a number of failed resolutions, voted tonight to offer the Fairgrounds to the City of Merrill for $1. It also approved reimbursing the city for capital improvements not to exceed $1.22 million, which is the insurance money the county has as coverage for the grandstand after it was destroyed by a tornado several years ago. A stipulation of the resolution says the city must officially accept the offer by July 1 or the county's Forestry, Land and Parks Committee is authorized to dispose of the property by public sale. Efforts by way of amendments to remove the verbiage about automatically selling the property failed, as did a stipulation that the property must remain in public use. Merrill Mayor Bialecki indicates that he will call a special Committee of the Whole meeting for 6:15 p.m. June 2 to discuss the topic. If it advances, action would then go to a regular Common Council meeting. Indications are the proposal will go to the Merrill council with a recommendation for approval. **With virtually no discussion, the County Board also transferred ownership of the Hiawatha Home group home at 825 Charles Ave. in the city of Tomahawk to Our Way, Inc. for $1. Our Way, Inc. has provided services for developmentally disabled residents in Lincoln County since 1978. **Robert Reichelt also was appointed to fill the District 22 supervisor vacancy. Read more in the May 26 Tomahawk Leader available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription.

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New pastor at St. Barnabas

On May 2, Bishop Mathew Gunter with the Diocese of
Fond du Lac was in Tomahawk to commission Carolyn Rauschert as pastoral leader for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Tomahawk. Rauschert’s journey is one of many life-changing experiences and a calling from above. She plans to draw on her past to help grow the congregation while sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others. It is not every day one meets a former police officer turned teacher with two master’s degrees and mother of six now-grown children who goes on to graduate seminary school. But that is exactly what Rauschert did prior to becoming pastoral leader at St. Barnabas. See our Photo Album for a picture and read more through an Online Edition subscription here.

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Sports recap

The four Tomahawk High School spring sports teams were in action:

Baseball: With a 4-3 win over host Lakeland last Tuesday and a 5-2 victory over visiting Northland Pines Thursday, the Tomahawk Hatchet baseball team improved to 4-7 in the Great Northern Conference and 10-10 overall. Against Lakeland, first baseman Brandon Vecchio had two doubles and scored two runs. Pitcher Against Northland Pines Thursday, the Hatchets outhit the Eagles 6-4 and had three errors in the field. Tomahawk’s top hitters were: Shilts, one hit, one run scored, two RBIs and drew a walk; J. Roessler, one hit (triple), one RBI; Jakob Panzer, one hit (double), one run scored; Vecchio, one hit (double), one run scored.

Softball: Following a dramatic 5-4 non-conference win over visiting Newman Catholic last Monday, the Tomahawk softball Hatchets posted convincing wins over Lakeland (19-5) last Tuesday and Northland Pines (17-0) Thursday to conclude their Great Northern Conference (GNC) schedule with a 4-8 record, which is good for fifth place in the seven-team GNC. Danielle Kurth led the locals with four hits in five at-bats, a run scored and four runs-batted-in. Rachel Dallman had three hits, scored three runs and knocked in five base runners. Pitcher Courtney Theiler had a pair of hits, scored thrice and drove in two runs. At Northland Pines Thursday, the Hatchets erupted for eight runs in the top of the second stanza and added six more in the third and another three in the fourth to take a 17-0 lead, when the “mercy rule” kicked in to end the game at that point. Tomahawk had 12 hits, while the Eagles had just three. Theiler was three-for-four at the plate, including a double, scored three times and drove in five runs. Dallman had three singles, scored twice and had three RBIs. Briana Oenning was two-for-two (doubles), scored three times and drove in a pair of runs.

Golf: Two sixth-place finishes at the final two Great Northern Conference (GNC) golf meets of the season cemented the Hatchet golfers’ placement in the seven-team league standings at sixth. Antigo claimed the GNC championship with 45 points (four wins in the seven GNC meets). At Medford last Tuesday for GNC Meet #6, the host Raiders held the top spot at the end with a total of 354 strokes, with Tomahawk (388). Tomahawk golfers’ scores were: Nick Osero, 47-47=94; Mike Lodholz, 46-50=96; Michelle Lodholz, 48-48=96; Andy Tessmer, 52-50=102; and Fisher Michalski, 56-51=107. At Lakeland Thursday, the Antigo Red Robins won the final GNC meet of 2015 with a score of 349; Tomahawk (394). Tomahawk golfers’ scores were: Osero, 47-47=94; Mike Lodholz, 48-47=95; Mich. Lodholz, 53-44=97; Michalski, 57-53=110; and Richard Nagai, 48-60=108.

Co-ed track: At the GNC outdoor track and field meet at Hatchet field last Tuesday, the Lady Hatchet tracksters finished third among the seven league squads with 106 points, while the Hatchet boys placed seventh with 55 points. Winning GNC event championships for Tomahawk and earning first team All-GNC honors were: Jake Borchardt, boys’ discus, 132’10”; Emmy Larson, girls’ triple jump, 33’10-1/4”; Hanna Meyer, girls’ long jump, 16’2”; and 4x100m relay (Meyer, Larson, Emily Verkilen and Delaney Langdon) in 53.49. Tomahawk athletes who were event runners-up and GNC second-team designees were: Meyer, girls’ triple jump, 33’2” and girls’ 100m dash, 13.34; and Jenna Schade, girls’ discus, 101’2”. Hatchets placing third at the GNC meet and earning all-conference honorable mention were: Claire Kuehn, girls’ 3200m run, 13:03.44; Larson, girls’ high jump, 4’10”; boys’ 3200m relay (Mason Webster, Tyler Wittmann, Lucas Tjugum and Austin Kaiser), 8:59.68; and girls’ 800m relay (Langdon, Tasha Carstensen, Sierra Schulz and Verkilen), 1:55.21.

**The June Cleavage Open for breast cancer is set June 7 at Inshalla.

**Rockin’ Tomahawk 5k/Half Marathon June 13.

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Nature items: Important slot limit on walleyes

**Tomahawk Fishing Unlimited hosting Kids’ Free Fishing Contest June 6.

**Willow Flowage master plan review process underway; public comment date set in Tomahawk June 4.

**Oneida ATV/UTV trail system open.

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

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