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Slam-dunkin' Wizards

(Photo story) **Get ready Tomahawk: A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town! The world-famous Harlem Wizards will visit the Tomahawk School District field house at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 for an evening of great fun and fundraising. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) The Wizards will play a game against Kinship of Tomahawk's "Kinship Krew." That team is made of administrators, teachers, community leaders and community members. Proceeds will benefit Kinship of Tomahawk youth mentoring. The event will feature a variety of fun, interactive extras to complement the Wizards' dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry: pregame "Wiz Kids" warm-up, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways and more. The game will conclude with the Wizards' signature dance extravaganza that's guaranteed to have the crowd on its feet. Tickets are priced as follows: student admission, $8 ticket price in advance and $10 at the door; general admission, $10, $12; reserved, $16, advance purchase only; and courtside plus, $25, advance purchase only. Courtside plus ticket holders receive first or second row seating and meet privately with selected Wizard players before the game for a meet-and-greet and show. Only 20 tickets are available. Advance tickets are on sale until April 16 at: Tomahawk Leader, Tomahawk Pharmacy, Tomahawk Community Bank, Hometown Chiropractic and the Kinship House. You can also purchase tickets online and get more information at

Tomahawk Leader 4-16-2019 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
New approach for city roads

Typically water and sewer projects drive a municipality's street program, but City of Tomahawk Director of Public Works John Cole says the poor condition of the city's roads after this past winter has led to a different way of thinking. New priorities have developed. Water and sewer will be on the back burner for a bit, he said after tweaking this year's planned street projects and then presenting them to the Board of Public Works. "Looking at our current road conditions and what we planned for the summer 2019 construction season, I feel we need to make some adjustments to our earlier plan to fix/replace/maintain several road issues," Cole stated. Meanwhile, Cole noted, the City of Tomahawk Board of Public Works has approved the purchase of a used tar kettle and tar so we can start doing our own crack sealing instead of contracting the work out. The benefits, he said, are lower cost/more miles repaired; ability to schedule work as needed, and quality control.

Tomahawk Leader 4-16-2019 issue
City issues raze order for 'cat house'

Growing increasingly weary of the slow pace at which the so-called "cat house" at 1340 E. Kings Rd. is being removed, the City of Tomahawk Health and Safety Committee last Tuesday voted unanimously to start its own procedures to raze the structure. City Clerk/Treasurer Amanda Bartz indicated the order would take at least 30 days after it was signed, pending any issues, such as asbestos removal.

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Nature Notes

**An article noticing an increase in sampling resulted in over 1,000 positive chronic wasting disease deer being reported across the state last year. More than 17,000 deer were tested during 2018. This week's Backyard Birdfeeder Banter talks about all the new birds visiting the feeders now that the spring migraters have arrived. A family donation to the North Central Conservancy Trust will preserve 160-acres and 3,000 feet of frontage on both sides of the very scenic Eau Claire River in northern Marathon County. In this week's Natural Connections nature writer Emily Stone talks about the Island in the Sky that is the Needles Distict of Canyonlands National Park in Southeast Utah. And in this week's DNR Outdoor Report it talks about the big April snowstorm that hit last week and how nature is continuing to march toward spring as temperatures slowly continue to warm.

**Look for Fishing Reports in the link at left, and in Nature Editor Jed Buelow's blog on the Message Board.

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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


**Summaries of obituaries published in the April 16, 2019, Tomahawk Leader:

**Jeannie Marie Clark Connolly, 66, Lindside, W. Vir., attended school in Viroqua, married Mark Edward Connolly, lived in Tomahawk area for nine years, worked a LaNou's and the Family Restaurants, part owner of Family Computer (died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, memorial service Saturday, April 27 from 2-5 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Viroqua).

**Vera M. Erickson (nee Hoff), 93, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, 1943 graduate of Tomahawk High School, moved to Merrill, married Philip Erickson, moved back to Tomahawk in 2003, stay-at-home mom (died Monday, April 8, 2019; memorial services Monday, April 15 at 5 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 4 p.m.; memorial to the Salvation Army Happy Kids Backpack Program.)

**Dean Berghammer, 94, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Merrill, joined CCC Camps of Wisconsin before enlisting in U.S. Army, serving in World War II, married Joyce Peeters, worked at Tomahawk Boat Factory a few years, then Tomahawk Mill, retired in 1986 after 35 years (died Monday, April 8, 2019 in Merrill; Mass of Christian Burial Friday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation Thursday, April 11 from 4-7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, continuing Friday at the church beginning at 10 a.m.)

Tomahawk Leader 4-16-2019 issue
Federal investigation at Lincoln Hills closed

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that the federal criminal investigation of alleged civil rights violations at Lincoln Hills School (LHS), Irma, has concluded, after finding insufficient evidence to prove federal criminal civil rights charges against LHS staff members. "To prove a violation of federal criminal civil rights laws, prosecutors must be able to prove that the involved staff members willfully used more force than was reasonably necessary. Proving 'willfulness' is a heavy burden under federal law," the Department of Justice stated in a news release. "Federal prosecutors must not only prove that the force used was excessive, but must also prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the staff member acted with the deliberate and specific intent to do something the law forbids," the DOJ statement said. "In this instance, there was insufficient evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt a violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes." Read more in this week's Tomahawk Leader.

Tomahawk Leader 4-16-2019 issue
Rejected contract; comments from both sides

Harley-Davidson workers in Tomahawk and Milwaukee, represented by United Steel Workers' Local 460 and Local 2-209, rejected a new contract agreement in voting April 1. The company and union have agreed to extend the current labor agreement until Sunday, April 14. The Leader has comments from both the company and the union, as well as a related Letter to the Editor in this week's newspaper.

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NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

A summary of just some of the stories you'll find in this week's Tomahawk Leader:

**Update: The phone system (including 911 and non-emergency calls) was down at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office earlier Tuesday, April 15. As off 12:35 p.m. it is reported the phone system is once again accepting calls.

**Tomahawk High School forensics students brought home 11 gold, four silver and six bronze medals from state competition during competition in Madison Friday. Gold represents a perfect score of 25. Claiming top honors were: Poetry Reading: Riley Clements, her second gold; fourth trip to state; has participated in forensics since seventh grade); Demonstration Speech: Matthew Johnson and Natalie Reiter as a stand-in for an ill Reed Zedler; Farrago: Allison Schmidt; Group Interpretive Reading: Abigail Norman, Libby Peplinski and Kiana Callahan; and Group Interpretive Reading: Semra Marquardt, Jack McGovern, Martin Schmidt and Grace Kummerfeldt.

**Special anniversary subscription drive going on. Final days! Check it out!

**Hop inside this week's Leader to find out how to win one of 22 Easter baskets.

**A free Community Easter Dinner will be served to all.

**Lincoln County being asked to lend support to Educational Solar Power Hours, group buying power program.

**Tomahawk Middle School Honor Roll announced.

**Before 6 a.m. last Tuesday morning, the Merrill Fire Department was dispatched to a fully involved barn fire at N249 Scott Rd. in the Town of Scott.

**Early deadline this week due to Easter holiday. Items needed by 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Sports shorts

**The THS co-ed track and field team continued their impressive start to the season at Eagle River over the weekend with the girls' team finishing runner up and the boys' team ended the day in 3rd place. The Hatchets won six events including two relays by the girls' team in the 800-meter and 1600m relay.

**2012 Tomahawk grad and assistant Hatchet cross country coach Connor Ahrens competed Monday in the Boston Marathon after qualifying last year by winning the Wausau Marathon in a time of 2:55.26. In an email announcing his taking part in the marathon that it wouldn't have been possible without all the support of the community. A pair of Hatchet juniors also recently competed on the national level, as pool phenoms Kylee Theiler and Travis Phillips qualified and competed in the YMCA Short Course National Swim Meet held in Greensboro, North Carolina the first week in April. Theiler qualified and took part in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle races and Phillips swam the 100 and 200 fly as well as the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

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Forestry & Wood Products Pages; pdf below

The March 26, 2019, Tomahawk Leader includes a 6-page section dedicated to Forestry & Wood Products. In it you'll find stories about Smokey Bear's 75th birthday and a special way he's celebrating at kids' birthdays; why regular chimney cleanings are crucial; R-Store Hwy. 51 Merrill Truck Stop's top national ranking; a first-hand look at the life of a logger; Sustainable Forestry; City Worker educates residents through website; Remembering UW Researcher Eloise Gerry; Helping Protect Your Oaks from Oak Wilt; Timber Production Evolution in the Lake States; Emerald Ash Borer Found in Few Locations in Northwoods; Soldier, Senator, Lumber Baron William Vilas; Tomahawk High School Students Technical Woodworking Class; and much more. See the adjacent pdf below.

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Here's My Card! Business Card Directory; pdf below

Check the pdf below for the Tomahawk Leader 2019 Business Card Directory, featuring more than 100 businesses. The directories also are available at many participating businesses. The connections start here!

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