Weather Causes Girls Basketball Playoff Games to be Postponed to Saturday Published on 02/24/2017 under Sports The winter weather in Wisconsin has forced school districts and the WIAA to revise their Regional Semi Final games.  Many games that were originally scheduled for Friday night were played on Thursday night, while others will be played on Saturday night.  In those cases where games were moved to Saturday night, the Regional Finals are to be played on Monday night.

In Division Two, the Merrill Bluejays will host Medford at 7:00 pm on Saturday night at Merrill High School. The winner will travel to Hortonville on Monday. 

Also in Division Two, the Lakeland / Mosinee game will be played at Lakeland Union High School on Saturday night at 7:00 pm, with the winner playing New London on Monday.

In Division Three, the Northland Pines Eagles are at Amherst on Saturday at 7:00 pm.

In Division Four, Prentice is hosting Owen-Withee at 7:00 pm at Prentice High School.

In Other News

Rep. Felzkowski Pens 'Dental Therapist' Bill
Published on 02/16/2018 under News A local legislator has authored a bill aimed at increasing access to dental care in rural areas of the state. Assembly and Senate committees heard Representative Mary Felzkowski's bill that would create a new type of provider known as a dental therapist. The position, working under a dentist, would be similar to a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant. They could provide preventative and routine restorative dental care. Felzkowski said, "Our bill increases dental access, gives dentists the opportunity to expand their patient base and grow their business, and provides greater choice and affordability in healthcare. We can do more for the hundreds of thousands in our state who are suffering from a lack of access to dental care." Federal data showed shortages exist in 60 of the state's 72 counties. The idea is not new, as Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Minnesota currently allow dentists in their states to hire dental therapists. Following this week's hearing, the bill still needs a vote to move the bill out of committee and into the full legislature.
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Giant Snowman Returns to Minocqua
Published on 02/16/2018 under News A chilly friend and tourist favorite has returned to the Northwoods. As of yesterday afternoon, the Minocqua Chamber announced that Snowmy Kromer is back. For those unfamiliar, he's the 30 foot tall snowman constructed outside of the Chamber. He's named for his over-sized hat replicating the popular Stormy Kromer cap. It's a tradition that dates back decades...when weather cooperates. This year he's back after a couple year absence. Volunteers and staff have been busy over the past week getting the snowman built. And while most kids use their hands to form a snowman, the Chamber had some bigger tools on hand. A large portion of the snow was moved with a back hoe. Yesterday they put on the finishing touches. Snowmy is expected to stick around as long as the temperature stays cool.
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Rhinelander Woman Arrested After Alleged Hitman Plot
Published on 02/16/2018 under News A Rhinelander woman is awaiting formal charges after allegedly attempting to a hire a hit man to kill her husband. Megan Danielczak was arrested in Tomahawk Thursday night, and is being held on a count of solicitation to commit first degree intentional homicide. According to a news release from the Rhinelander Police Department, Danielczak met with an undercover agent from the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation. The 27 year old allegedly made a down payment to the undercover agent. The remainder of the balance was set to be paid following the husband's death. Additional details on the incident are expected to be released later today, including formal charges.
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Tomahawk Homeless Shelter Hosting Soup Competition Saturday
Published on 02/16/2018 under News The 'Golden Ladle' is back on the line this weekend in Tomahawk. That's the award for the renamed culinary throw down, now known as the Super Soup Supper Soup Competition. The contest serves as a fundraiser for Our Sister's House Homeless Shelter. With a soup meal, the winner fittingly wins a ladle trophy. Last year's winner, The Happy Snapper, is back in this year's field. They'll be joined by 5 other local restaurants in the competition. Of course, the real winner is Our Sister's House. The proceeds help operate the shelter, which opened back in the fall of 2015. The event will be held Saturday from 4-6:30pm at the St. Mary's Corpus Christi Center. In addition to the soup and side, they'll also have desserts, door prizes and raffles.
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Hatchet Boys Hockey Team Loses in Regional Final
Published on 02/16/2018 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Boys Hockey Team traveled to Marathon Park on Thursday night to face Wausau West in WIAA Regional Final action.  The Warriors advance to the sectionals, with an 8-0 win over Tomahawk. Wausau West led 3-0 after the first and 6-0 after the second period. Tomahawk ends their 2017-18 season with a 13-11-1 record.
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Update: Committee Sends Governor's Lincoln Hills Plan to Full Assembly
Published on 02/16/2018 under News MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin Assembly committee has voted to approve a plan that Gov. Scott Walker wants to pass this year to overhaul Wisconsin's juvenile justice system. The Assembly Corrections Committee voted unanimously Thursday to pass the bill, moments after a public hearing where no one testified against it. The vote clears the way for the full Assembly to vote on the measure next week. The bipartisan deal calls for closing Lincoln Hills youth prison by mid-2020, moving the most dangerous inmates into state-run facilities and putting counties in charge of housing the rest. Eventually plans are for Lincoln Hills to transition to a medium security adult facility. Lobbyists for the Wisconsin Counties Association expressed concerns about the aggressive timeline and how much the plan may cost counties. Lawmakers are promising to work with them and others on concerns as the bill moves forward. _____ MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's juvenile justice overhaul plan that calls for closing the troubled Lincoln Hills prison is up for a key committee vote that would make it ready for legislative approval next week. The bill is up for both a committee hearing and vote on Thursday, an unusual move that speaks to the urgency lawmakers feel to act this year. The Assembly legislation introduced Tuesday set a timeline to re-purpose the facility by mid 2020. Walker wants the Legislature to pass the bill before it adjourns for the year next month. Walker said he would work with lawmakers on "tweaks" but "nothing that's going to dramatically alter the concept." There is bipartisan support for the measure, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has cautioned that it may not be possible to pass the complex overhaul of the youth prison system this year. The bill calls for putting the most serious juvenile offenders in state prisons and leaving the counties in charge of housing the rest.
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Nicolet College Plans Entrepreneurial Training with Recent Grants
Published on 02/15/2018 under News Last month Nicolet College received a state grant to continue entrepreneurial training, those dollars will help with several upcoming programs. The college will partner with the economic development groups to offer four separate sessions of their 30 hour Nicolet Entrepreneur Training known as NET. They'll expand to offer the courses in Eagle River, Rhinelander, and here in Tomahawk. Dean of Workforce and Economic Development Sandy Bishop says, "Each of the workshops will cover essential topics that include creating a business plan, analyzing the market, securing funding, and other factors that go into operating a successful business." This is the second consecutive year Nicolet has received the grant, most recently for $25,000. Along with the NET courses, the college will use funds to form new partnerships with Main Street communities, organize networking events and advance instructor training. They'll have a free introductory workshop session in Tomahawk on the evening of March 20th. A location had not been determined at the time of the news release. We'll let you know more as that date approaches.
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Following Death of Tribal Member, LDF Looks to Step Up Multi-County Action Plan
Published on 02/15/2018 under News Following the homicide death of a member, the Lac du Flambeau tribe is calling on stronger efforts to stop drug abuse. The tribal council recently held a meeting that involved a number of parties including local law enforcement, courts, county board members, as well as representatives from Federal agencies. Local figures came from Oneida, Vilas and Iron Counties. According to the news release, following the meeting, the Tribal Council passed a resolution supporting the expansion of the Tribal Action Plan to include a tri-county effort to combat drugs, as well as violence and gang actiivity. The draft resolution was submitted to each County to help facilitate a commitment to the urgent need for regional cooperation. This effort comes following the death of 25 year old Wayne Valliere Jr. Five men are facing homicide charges in his death.
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New ArtStart Exhibit Features Rhinelander Student Work
Published on 02/15/2018 under News The ArtStart galleries will debut another exhibit this evening, and it will made up of work from local, youth artists. For the next month, the pieces at ArtStart will be created by students in the Rhinelander school district. Organizers say the student work will consist of a variety of mediums from paintings, drawings, and print, to ceramic sculpture and mixed media. Contributing artists start in the elementary school, all the way up to high school students. An opening reception and gallery launch is scheduled for this evening in order to honor the artists. That's from 5-7pm. Then the work will be featured during the regular gallery hours through March 10th. The viewing is free and open to the public.
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Wausau Father Charged in Diabetes Death of Teenage Son
Published on 02/15/2018 under News WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) A Wisconsin father is accused of failing to manage and treat his teenage son's diabetes, leading to the boy's death. Forty-nine-year-old Robert Glazner of Wausau is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the death of 15-year-old Bryden Glazner. USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports the father is jailed on a cash bond of $500,000. WAOW-TV reports officials say Bryden was vomiting the night before his Aug. 4 death, and that his father did not ensure he was checking his insulin levels. They say the last sugar reading that was done was two days before he died. The teen was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2014. Authorities say his father was resistant to being educated on how to treat the disease. A complaint says Bryden Glazner rotated time between his divorced parents and was staying with his father at the time of his death.
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