|Old hospital will be razed: New senior living facility:
(Photo story) A city block that has gone unused for over a decade could soon fill a major need in the community, as plans were announced last week for a new 40-unit senior living facility to be built in Tomahawk. Proposed at the site of where the former Sacred Heart Hospital currently sits, the new 40-unit facility (20-unit assisted living and 20-unit memory care) will be constructed once the old structure has been razed. A total number of new jobs the project will bring to the community is not yet known, however care will be provided at the facility 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Read more in this week's Tomahawk Leader with a subscription to our Online Edition here.Tomahawk Leader 3-11-2014 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Jed Buelow
Conspiracy to murder
The on-again/off-again girlfriend of a former Lincoln County district attorney is being charged in a conspiracy to have him killed. Jessica Strom, 33, Merrill, faces charges of conspiracy to commit first degree intentional homicide after she allegedly contacted a former criminal justice classmate about killing her boyfriend, Wausau/Merrill Atty. John Schellpfeffer, who served as the Lincoln County district attorney from 1996 to 2000. The individual notified law enforcement and Strom was taken into custody following a second meeting held to discuss plans. During that meeting, which was recorded by the undercover informant, Strom provided details about how, when and where to kill Schellpfeffer while he was at his home law office in Merrill. Asked why she didn't just leave him, Strom allegedly said that would not bring her satisfaction. Strom is being represented by Tomahawk Atty. James Runyon. Read a lot more about the alleged plot in the March 11, 2014, Tomahawk Leader, available now on newsstands and by subscribing to our Online Edition right here.Tomahawk Leader 3-11-2014 issue
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**Boys' basketball: lost 44-58 at Antigo Thursday to Little Chute in a WIAA D3 sectional semifinal tilt; Jared Jarvensivu led the Hatchets with 21 points; the Hatchets wrapped up their season with a 12-13 record. **Girls' basketball: Tomahawk's Lady Hatchet basketball team lost 43-72 to host Peshtigo last Tuesday in a WIAA D3 regional quarterfinal contest; Jessie Harmon led the Lady Hatchets with 22 points, including six three-point shots; the Lady Hatchets concluded their season with a record of 2-21. **All-GNC (Great Northern Conference) honors were announced last week for several winter sports and included several Tomahawk athletes, including: boys' basketball: Jared Jarvensivu, second team; and Jordan Roessler, honorable mention; girls' hockey: Erin Sparks (goalie), first team; Erika Vallier (defenseman), first team; and Nicole Nerva (defenseman), second team; wrestling: (first team) Slade Erdman, Peter Pintens and Dane Borchardt; (second team) Nate Flohr, Keegan Jach, Quinton Wallenfang, Kaleb Kaminski and Jake Borchardt; (honorable mention) Adrianna Schultz, Cullen Wegener, Blake Carstensen and Henry Helland; boys' swimming: Nate Goehe, second team (500 freestyle); and Aslan Thinkohkaew, honorable mention (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke).Tomahawk Leader 3-11-2014 issue
**Check the Leader for the upcoming sports schedule, which is also posted online in the School Calendar.
**Read the feature story on Nick Schertz, Tomahawk, and his participation in the World Ice Fishing Championships in the Minsk region of Belarus with 70 anglers from 14 different countries.Tomahawk Leader 3-11-2014 issue
**An open house meeting on the possible ATV trail in Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area has been rescheduled for this Thursday, March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northwoods Community Elementary School in Harshaw.
**Check the Snowmobile Trail Report link for information on trail openings. There's also an extensive calendar there of snowmobile-related events.
**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.
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.
Check the Snowmobile Report link in the left column for information. Our report is sponsored by Tomahawk Sports Center and includes information about Lincoln, Oneida and Price counties. Be safe and enjoy!
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**Arriving after publication; full obituaries will be published in the March 18, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 3-11-2014 issue
**Dorothy M. VerKilen, 85, Tomahawk, born in Marshfield, married George VerKilen (died 3-10-14; celebration of life and sharing will take place Monday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eagle's Club, Marshfield. Generations Funeral Home and Crematory, Tomahawk, is handling arrangements).
**Summaries of obituaries published in the March 11, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:
**Estell "Molly" Carstensen (nee Vaughan), 96, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Lawrence Carstensen, worked at Bishops Egg Farm and Dyna Kleen (died 3-8-14; funeral services Wednesday, March 12 at 11 a.m. at Tomahawk United Methodist Church; visitation Tuesday, March 11 from 4-6 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday).
**Thomas H. Collins, 63, Merrill, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Grace Fry, veteran of U.S. Marine Corps (died 3-6-14; memorial Mass Tuesday, March 11 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 9:30 a.m.; Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, assisting).
|$250,000 fire dept. grant
The Bierman Family Foundation, Inc., Merrill, is awarding the Tomahawk Fire Department a $250,000 grant. Chief John Peeters outlined new equipment needs in a recent wish list. The Bierman grant will be supplemented by an existing equipment fund that's been building over the years to create a half-million dollars in purchase power. Purchases will include four new Rapid Intervention Team packs (breathing apparatus); replacing Rescue 1 and 2 with one larger vehicle; a response/command vehicle; washer and dryer for cleaning turnout gear; extend Rescue 9; new lockers for turnout gear and dive gear; and new hose. Priority Number One (a new station) will remain a dream, but even that will become more possible in the future thanks to the Bierman grant, according to Peeters. Read more in this week's Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and by subscribing to our Online Edition here.Tomahawk Leader 3-11-2014 issue
Reduce credits to graduate
A transition to a seven-period day at Tomahawk High School will require some adjustments in graduation requirements and the credit value of a couple of courses, the latter in particular to allow some students to take electives such as advanced language, band and choir. The necessary changes were discussed at an emergency meeting of the district's Curriculum and Assessments Committee last Monday, to allow formal action at the full School Board meeting tonight (March 11). In a nutshell, this year's seniors will continue to need 24 credits to graduate, but the recommendation is that the number decline with subsequent classes as the current eight periods per day decreases to seven next year. That means the Classes of 2015 and 2016 (juniors and sophomores) would need 23 credits, and the Class of 2017 (freshmen) and future classes, 22. Another recommended change would see the value of Chemistry and Physics courses going from the current 1.5 credits to a single credit. AP Biology also would drop from a two-credit value class to one credit. And, there will be a recommended change in the number of credits needed to earn "senior status," which is tied to special student privileges.Tomahawk Leader 3-11-2014 issue
**There's also an explanation of the Tomahawk School District 2014-15 approved reductions provided by Superintendent Sherry Baker.
Read more in this week's Tomahawk Leader.
**Highlights of some of the other stories that appear in the March 11, 2014, newspaper include the following. Consider an Online Edition subscription to find out more.
**City officials remind all city residents that they should run a constant stream of water about the size of a pencil from one faucet 24/7 until further notice.
**Free medical clinic especially for uninsured, underinsured, high deductibles (see Community Calendar).
**Leader Candidate Profile begins with race for Tomahawk Mayor.
**Tomahawk Chamber is gearing up for its Taste of Tomahawk event.
**Northwoods Summit to focus on bettering communities, creating partnerships.
**Crime Stoppers seeks help with the epidemic of illegal drug addiction and prescription drug abuse.
**Should you buy pet insurance.
**Strategies for Preventing Alzheimer's Disease.
**Free developmental screening for kids.
**St. Patrick Day celebrations.
**Relay for Life kickoff event.
**Cinderella on stage at THS.
**Forensics advancing to district level.
**"Beloved Daughter: A Daughter's Struggle with Cancer and her Mother's Struggle with Losing Her" joins the books we have on sale at the Tomahawk Leader.
**Tomahawk Main Street to host second dinner/theater featuring the Clauson Family Music Show with a Saturday evening performance March 29 and a Sunday noon show March 30 at Pine Tree Supper Club. Both events will have a meal followed by the show. Tickets will be available beginning March 11 (including at the Tomahawk Leader.)
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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 that are posted as part of ClassyNet. This week's posted display ads include:Tomahawk Leader 3-11-2014 issue
**Location is key: check out a bi-level raised ranch right on a golf course billed as a "great getaway property and wonderful investment by Joleta Wesbrock at Coldwell Banker.
**Back by popular demand is the Tomahawk Leader's Wheel of Deals. Visit Great Lakes Foods Thursday, March 13 and the first anniversary celebration at Tomahawk Shell Friday, March 14 to spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes, discounts and more.
**Nicolet College is looking for the following instructors: Administrative Professional-Office Technology; Business Management; English; and Industrial Mechanical Technician. **Nicolet also is seeking qualified applicants for: Accommodations Specialist and Facilities Maintenance Worker.
**The Lincoln County Highway Department is seeking quotes for crushed gravel and asphaltic material.
**Drs. Foster & Smith has immediate openings in its Fulfillment Department for a Fulfillment Supervisor. **There also are part-time employment opportunities as Call Center Agents; Warehouse Shoppers and Retail Store Associate.
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Town Square Business Directory
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Wedding planner; check pdfs below
The Feb. 25, 2014, Tomahawk Leader includes pages dedicated to wedding planning. See the pdfs below for a look at tips and advertisers eager to help you plan for that important date.Tomahawk Leader 2-25-2014 issue
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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Never Forgotten Honor Flight
Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations
Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School
Wisconsin Common Core State Standards