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Stacy Bolder wins house; $1.5 million prize package

(Photo Story) Tomahawk School District teacher Stacy Bolder is the winner of the HGTV Smart Home 2017 home and prize package valued at more than $1.5 million. She also won all the home's furnishings, a 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e 4MATIC and $100,000 from QuickenLoans. Bolder has taught in the Tomahawk district for 17 years. She was at an early 40th birthday brunch at Billy Bob's Sports Bar when TV host and interior designer Tiffany Brooks, left, acting as her waitress, delivered an ice cream cake to her table saying, "You're the winner!" Bolder reportedly responded that she would have been thrilled to see the house, much less win it. Bolder and her husband traveled to Scottsdale, Ariz., last week to tour the home. Her surprise "ambush" and tour will be aired on an HGTV Smart Home 2017 Giveaway Special Friday, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) on HGTV. We talked to Stacy while she was in Arizona and have more on the surprise, who kept the secret from her and her overall reaction in the July 18 Tomahawk Leader. The newspaper is on newsstands or you can see an Online Edition here.

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Stabbing homicide charges

A 24-year-old Tomahawk man appeared for an initial appearance in Lincoln County Court Monday for a stabbing that occurred in the Town of Bradley Saturday, July 8 around 1:30 a.m. In the course of the investigation, the suspect was identified and taken into custody without incident. The victim was transported to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau for injuries sustained in the incident. Cody Jenson faces four felony counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide, first degree reckless injury, first degree recklessly endangering safety and aggravated battery-intend great bodily harm. There's also a misdemeanor charge of bail jumping. Bond was set at $100,000. A scheduling conference is slated July 27.

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NEWS UPDATES & news briefs

News briefs from the July 18 edition of the Tomahawk Leader:

**See the traveling exhibit for "Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name" at the Tomahawk American Legion Hall Saturday, July 22, between 9 a.m. and closing. The panels feature a photo for each of the 1,161 Wisconsinites officially listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The exhibit also includes additional photos for names that are listed on The Highground Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Neillsville, Wis. The public is encouraged to visit.

**A 70-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday in Lincoln County for a seventh offense OWI, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. A deputy attempted to stop the vehicle the Tomahawk man was driving on US 51, north of County Road V, for speeding. The driver did not stop until County Road S.

**Mary Dunn is retiring at Tomahawk Public Library director. See a feature about her highlights and the technology changes over her 22-year career in this week's Leader.

**Sheriff's Report: Woman swerves to avoid deer, rolls vehicle; sheriff warns against transient contractors. Police Report: Tomahawk man spends $800 on iTunes cards before he realizes it's a scam.

**Northern Sight Vision Clinic is breaking ground and building a new eye clinic across from Shopko Hometown. The new clinic is expected to be complete and treating patients by the end of this year.

**The Tomahawk Area Historical Society's July luncheon will be Thursday, July 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pine Tree Supper Club. It is not necessary to be a member to attend and share memories. Following the no-host lunch, a video recalling school days and teachers by Darlene Wurl, Pat Alberg, Ila Mae Paulson and Lois Carew will be viewed. To make reservations, call 715-453-2056.

**Truly Remarkable Loon coming to Tomahawk Public Library July 18.

**Look for a photo layout from the Frog Jump Contest and Kid's Races from Pow Wow Days in the July 18 Leader.

**The Jerry Schmitt Band on tap for this week's Music on the River.

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Alive in the Northwoods magazine

Alive in the Northwoods, the Tomahawk Leader's business and event magazine, with stories and an extensive calendar, is on stands now in and around Tomahawk. There's information about the Tomahawk's Pow Wow Days celebration; Music on the River; hiking the Ice Age Trail; the Tomahawk Historical Museum's 30th anniversary; area running races; fishing; Tripoli's Log Church and its 100th anniversary; Thrilla on the Grilla; padding local water; the Kwahamot Water Ski shows and competition; ATVing; and, of course, our big Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA Sept. 14-17. Be sure to pick up your copy, including in the June 27 Tomahawk Leader, on newsstands now and available through an Online Edition subscription right here.

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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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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the July 25, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**Ruth Rinne, 88, Tomahawk, born and graduated from high school in Hammond, Ind., spent entire nursing career at pediatric neonatal nurse at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's, retired to the Northwoods in 1992, active volunteer (died July 19, 2017; celebration of life visitation Saturday, Aug. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; memorial appreciated to Lincoln County Humane Society).

**Judith A. (Schmidt) Martin (nee Kubacki), 74, formerly of town of Little Rice, born in Milwaukee, married William B. Martin Jr., they moved to Tomahawk area, worked at Golden Age Nursing Home as nursing assistant and in business office, also at Family Clinic and Tomahawk Medical Center for 10 years, had worked at Tomahawk Public Library (died July 19, 2017; Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, July 29 at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Raymond E. Horni, 78, formerly of the town of Skanawan, born in Tomahawk, worked many years at Lincoln County Highway Department (died July 9, 2017; no formal services; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting)

**Walter John Schulz Jr., 86, LaValle, born in Milwaukee, served in U.S Air Force, worked as millwright and steamfitter for various companies in Milwaukee area and paper mill in Tomahawk (died July 19, 2017; Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, July 25 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, LaValle; visitation begins at 9:30 a.m.; a memorial fund as been established, Farber Funeral Home assisting).

**Gail Marie Johnson (nee Wanie), Tomahawk, graduated from Tripoli High School in 1964, lived in Wausau, worked at Wausau Insurance several years, married Loren Johnson, couple moved to rural Osceola, farmed, worked at Doboy, Amtec, ITP (died July 17, 2017; memorial services Friday, July 21, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, visitation begins at 10 a.m. Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Amery, assisted).

**Delores M. Mayer (nee Seifert), 87, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, married Clarence Mayer, attended school in Milwaukee, couple lived there many years before retiring to Tomahawk in 1982, a homemaker (died 7-18-17; funeral services Friday, July 21 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.

**Summaries of obituaries published in the July 18, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**Ralph R. Ruplinger, 97, Tomahawk, born in Marathon, World War II veteran of U.S. Army, served in Battle of the Bulge. married Ina "Susie" Martin, worked 37 years at O-I in Tomahawk and did painting and wallpapering in many homes, couple also residents of Springfield, Tenn. (died July 15, 2017; funeral services with Military Rites Thursday, July 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, handling arrangements).

**Karen A. Coey (nee McAllister), 62, Tomahawk, born in Waukegan, Ill., worked as cook at the Downtowner, Village Square and Bootleggers, also employed at Semco Windows & Doors in Merrill (died July 14, 2017 under hospice care, services Saturday, July 22 at noon at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation will begin at 10 a.m.)

**Ronald D. "Cowboy" Rolnicki, 78, Tomahawk, born in Wausau, worked at Wausau Papers in Brokaw for many years, moved to Cody, Wy., in 1982 and ran White Buffalo Motel and Restaurant, also worked for sanitation department, moved back to Tomahawk, worked for Northern Wire in Merrill until retirement (died July 7, 2017; memorial services will be held Monday, July 17 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau; visitation begins at 9 a.m.).

**John C. Bronsted, 85, Tomahawk, retired U.S. Navy veteran, worked as an architect, married to Barbara Jean (died July 13, 2017; memorial service at future date at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, memorials may be made to the church in John's name; Evert-Luko Funeral Home, Hartland, WI, assisting).

**Jacqueline Ann Foster (nee Bucher), 94, Tomahawk, married William Foster, couple moved to Tomahawk in 1981 (died Nov. 23, 2016 while on winter vacation in New Jersey; memorial service Saturday, July 22 with funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; in lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital or St. Mary's Catholic Church).

**Thomas George Pieterick, 61, Tomahawk, 1974 graduate of Bay View High School, work at EZ Painter (Surline) for 32 years, retiring in 2011, love of his life, Andrea, survives. (Died June 28, 2017; gathering to celebrate Tom's life Saturday, Aug. 12 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Sheridan Park Pavilion, 4900 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy, WI; DeVargas Funeral Home & Cremation, Espanola Valley, NM, assisting).

**Lorraine Margaret Delikat (nee Freitag), 90, Minocqua, married to Roland, couple lived in Fort Atkinson, retired in 1984 and moved to Minocqua (died July 10, 2017; memorial service Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, Minocqua; Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services, Minocqua, handling arrangements).

Tomahawk Leader 7-18-2017 issue
Gabby's Make-A-Wish on ESPN series

Gabby Jahn, 18, Tomahawk, had no idea her wish was about to come true while attending the Lincoln County Pullers truck and tractor pull at the Tomahawk Speedway back on June 17. A large ESPN camera crew was in attendance that day, recording footage for a fake documentary about "The Rebirth of a Racetrack." They were really there to capture her reaction to being granted a wish to meet NASCAR racer Danica Patrick in Daytona where the professional racer would be competing in the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway July 1. The actual documentary that was being filmed highlighting Gabby's wish was to be shown on the evening edition of SportsCenter Monday, July 17 and re-run today (Tuesday, July 18) throughout the day. To conclude the series on Thursday, July 20, a compilation feature showcasing four wishes will debut. See the full story in this week's Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition right here. For more information about Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, visit or call 800-236-WISH.

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Council votes to prohibit left turns mid block on WI Ave.

UPDATE AS OF TUESDAY NIGHT, JULY 18: **The City of Tomahawk Common Council voted 3-1 Tuesday night (July 18) with one abstention to amend the local ordinance to prohibit mid-block left turns on West Wisconsin Avenue except when turning into an alleyway or driveway. Voting yes were Dale Ernst, Jim Graeber and Pat Haskin; no, Will Garske; and abstaining was Alan Hanson, who said both sides had good arguments. Absent were Mickey Loka, Jeff Kahle, Mike Loka and Steve "Ding" Bartz. Chief Al Elvins called Tomahawk's two-sided angle parking a "flawed design" that makes backing up difficult. He questioned the enforceability of the ordinance change, said he has not seen a collision caused by left turns in five years and said his officers would not be able to visually enforce both ends of Wisconsin Avenue at the same time. Council members said they don't expect police to just sit there and ticket people. Angle parking may be flawed but this would eliminate one of the hazards, Graeber said. Speaking for the change were two representatives from Cruiser's Driving School, including Michele Kahle, the owner. The ordinance amendment goes into effect after publication. It won't be known how it will be accepted in municipal court until the first case. Rhinelander has an ordinance but changed its street design to allow angle parking on one side and parallel parking on the other. Elvins noted such an option does take away parking spaces.

EARLIER STORY: Technically some argue it's not be a complete "U-turn," but you won't convince Michele Kahle, owner of Cruiser's Driving School and former Tomahawk city clerk. Just from a safety perspective, she and fellow instructor, Tom Jones, who retired after 33 years with the State Patrol, can't comprehend why the city wouldn't want to create the tools to curb an ongoing problem, and why law enforcement wouldn't welcome it. The Tomahawk City Council is holding a public hearing at City Hall at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, July 18) on amending an existing ordinance to create a section that would prohibit left turns by east and westbound vehicles midblock on West Wisconsin Avenue except when turning into an alleyway or driveway. The intention is to prohibit turns by drivers into parking spaces on the opposite side of the street. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins has argued that a half-turn across an oncoming lane of traffic does not meet the definition of a U-turn. He also has said statistics don't support claims that many accidents have occurred. Read the full story in the July 18 Leader. If you wish to comment, do so on the Message Board or email

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Nature notes

**A number of events are planned Saturday, July 22 to help anglers become better at their craft. A Learn to Fish event is being offered at SARA Park starting at 8 a.m. For more information and to register, call 715-722-0304. Also at SARA Park Saturday, the Northern Outdoorsmen for Christ and Northland Bible Church is hosting a free Fisherman's Breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Along with a free breakfast and plenty of raffle prizes to be awarded, the event will feature guest speaker and professional walleye angler Daryl Christensen, who will share tips on how to improve walleye catching skills. The event is open for all to attend. Also this Saturday, the Tomahawk Public Library will host a presentation by Bob Paine on how to become a better angler starting at 10 a.m. The presentation can help put you among the 10 percent of anglers who catch 90 percent of the fish.

**This week's Leader includes additional results from the first-annual VFW Post 2687 held on Lake Mohawksin July 8. Speaking of musky tourneys, the Mohawksin Musky Master July musky tournament is being held this Saturday on Lake Mohawksin. The split tourney includes fishing from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information and to register, contact Mike Biever at 715-612-2061 or email

**In this week's Birch Bark Nature Notes revisited, late nature writer Allan Bell explains the importance of now-flowering milkweed and the important role it plays in the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly. It also has a very fragrant scent that makes this plant an attractive addition to any flowerbed or garden. This week's DNR Outdoor Report shares some of the other wildflowers currently blooming including yarrow, bergamot, daisy fleabane and many others.

**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board. Jed even landed a 40-plus musky and has a picture in the paper to prove it!

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Sport recap

**The School District of Tomahawk will host the 2017 THS Fall Sports Meeting tonight (Tuesday) for all athletes and parents planning to take part in high school football, volleyball, cross country and girls swim. The meeting is being held in the auditorium getting underway at 6 p.m.

**Tyler Kahle Memorial Field at Pride Park will be a busy place this week starting Thursday as it plays host to the American Legion Regional round that runs through Saturday. The Tomahawk Cubs will play Thursday, July 20 with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. In their last regular season game Friday night, pitcher Eli Wurl kept the Cubs close through six innings against the visiting Rhinelander. After falling behind 4-0, Tomahawk made a late rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull within 4-2, but Rhinelander responded in the top of seventh, adding three runs to get the 7-2 win.

**The Tomahawk Titans finished a busy weekend going 1-2 in Dairyland League action with a win over Spirit and losses to Wausau and Weston. Saturday the Titans hosted Wausau at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field before hitting the road to take on Weston in an evening game. At one point Tomahawk was up 7-4 over Wausau, but the River Hawks battled back to claim the 12-4 win. The Titans also suffered a loss to Weston by a score 10-0 before taking down Spirit Sunday by a 17-1 score.

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Be sure to check our AD CENTER, along the left-hand column, for our CLASSIFIEDS and certain DISPLAY ads. Click on the ads for a direct link to the sites.

**Price County's Sheriff's Department is recruiting for a Jail Officer/Civilian Dispatcher full-time and part-time eligibility list.

**Tomahawk Public Library is accepting applications for a Library Director.

**University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has a posting for an Office Manager.

**Tomahawk Bus Company is looking for part-time School Bus Drivers.

**Price County's Sheriff's Department is recruiting to create and eligibility list and fill a part-time vacancy for Deputy Sheriff.

**Save your spot in the Tomahawk Leader official Fall Ride Guide, and in the upcoming Historical and Progress Edition. Contact the Tomahawk Leader today.

**Nicolet College is seeking a Facilities Maintenance Worker; Culinary Arts Instructor; LTE Cosmetology Instructor.

**Tomahawk Stove Junction seeks a Stove/Fireplace Installer.

**Price County has an opening for an Airport Manager.

**The Tomahawk Lions Club thanks all those involved with this year's Pow Wow Days.

Look for classifieds online, too.

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