Tomahawk's Bellile Qualifies for NCAA Championships Published on 02/27/2017 under Sports Senior Austin Bellile has qualified for the NCAA Championships as the MSOE wrestling team competed at the NCAA West Regional Championships Saturday, February 25 at Concordia-Moorhead.

Bellile was third at 285 pounds giving MSOE multiple national qualifiers for the first time since 2003 and the Raiders took eighth as a team at the 11-team field with 44.5 points.

The 2017 NCAA Championships are March 10-11 at UW-La Crosse.

Bellile entered the meet ranked No. 6 in his weight. He opened with a 16-7 win but was sent to the consolation bracket by a fall in 3:30 at the hands of No. 10 Justice Davis from host Concordia Moorhead. He pounded back with a 2-0 win over a national contender at 285 pounds to reach the third-place bout.  Bellile faced a familiar foe in Troy Beaman from St. Olaf. The two squared off for first place at the MSOE Invitational with Bellile prevailing. On this day, Bellile scored with three takedowns and tacked on one point for riding time in a 7-2 victory.




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State Trust Fund Loan Approved for Plum Lake Ambulance Purchase
Published on 04/27/2017 under News The Town of Plum Lake was approved for a State Trust Fund Loan to help cover the cost of a new ambulance. The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands approved 15 loans for community projects statewide. The Plum Lake loan was $150,000 for a term of 5 years. The ambulance purchase was previously approved by the town board and is expected to cost approximately $200,000. The ambulance is expected to be ready by May 1. The BCPL and their State Trust Fund Loans operate on program revenue and provide loans to community projects and funding to public school's and their library programs. In this latest cycle the15 approved loans totaled more than $28 million.
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DNR Offers Guidance to Shoreland Properties Damaged after Ice Out
Published on 04/27/2017 under News As spring weather sets in, some shoreland property owners in Northern Wisconsin are discovering Mother Nature has changed the look of their waterfront due to shifting ice over the winter months. In some areas, partial thaws and high winds in February created ice heaves that deposited debris, damaged vegetation or reshaped shorelines in unexpected ways. Keith Patrick, a waterway and wetland supervisor with the DNR says, "We had several freeze-thaw cycles combined with high winds this winter that created some significant ice shoves." On undeveloped lots, the DNR says the problem may go unnoticed and the area will typically heal itself and regain vegetation over time. However, on developed lots where summer activity is more frequent, property owners may want to seek relief from a newly discovered pile of earth. Patrick says, "The good news for many property owners is that by following a few simple rules, shoreline repairs can be made to address a newly formed ice ridge without need for state permits." For example, Patrick said: The ridge may be leveled on site, provided the soil is kept out of the water or any wetland area. The material should be pulled back away from the water. No machinery may be operated below the Ordinary High Water Mark or in the waterway. Current county zoning rules must be followed and vegetation should not be removed from the bank.The rules are designed to protect the critical transition zones between the land and the deeper water areas. Fish and wildlife depend on the areas for food, cover and travel areas. The guidelines are for new ice ridges and cannot go beyond the scope of that project. Property owners interested in additional lakeshore work such as grading, rock riprap, tree or vegetation removal must check with the Department of Natural Resources or the local County Zoning Office.
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WIAA Board Approves Concussion Insurance for Student Athletes
Published on 04/27/2017 under News This week, the board overseeing middle and high school athletics in the state approved concussion insurance coverage for its student athletes. That message was passed along to us from Tomahawk Athletic Director Ron Wilson. According to the announcement, the WIAA Board of Control will be part of the HeadStrong Concussion Insurance program. The WIAA said it will cover the approximately 80,000 student-athletes in grades 6-12 while participating in any practice or game sanctioned by the WIAA. Former Board of Control president Mike Beighley said in the press release. "We don't want a single student-athlete to not be evaluated or treated for a concussion because of the cost." Wisconsin becomes the fourth state to provide this type of concussion coverage.
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Howard Young Volunteers Fund Bedside CT Monitor
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Huesby Recommended for Upcoming THS Principal Vacancy
Published on 04/27/2017 under News A career path has come full circle for a Tomahawk High School alumnus. As we told you yesterday, pending full school board approval, Ryan Huesby will take over as the next High School Principal. Twenty years ago, Huesby was walking those same halls as a student. He returned to the Tomahawk district, first as a teacher and most recently served as vice principal. He'll fill the upcoming vacancy created with the retirement of long time principal Scott Swenty. At the April School Board meeting, District Administrator Terry Reynolds noted that they had more than 35 applicants for the position. Six semi finalists took part in a first round of interviews, with two, including Huesby receiving a second interview. The regular May School Board meeting is on May 9.
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Lincoln County DA: Deputy Justified in Officer Involved Shooting
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Tomahawk School News-State Speech Results, AP Award, High School Principal Search
Published on 04/26/2017 under News Tomahawk Speech Team Earns 6 Gold Medals at State Speech Festival The Tomahawk High School speech team came home with plenty of hardware from the State Festival this past weekend in Madison. That included six Hatchets receiving perfect scores and gold medals :Grace Latzig, Delaney Langdon, William Russell and Justin Skubal in Group Interpretation; and Hailey Strong and Olivia Fellers, each in Poetry. The speech squad also earned 16 silvers and 5 bronze. Hatchet silver medalists included: Riley Clements in Farrago; Lindsey Lampe, Samantha Kapellusch and Mariah Bethel in Group Interpretation; Macey Loka, Allison Meinheit, Mikayla Lallemont and Olivia Weber in Group Interpretation; Grace Kummerfeldt and Josh Gardner in Playacting; Sylvia Dhaseleer and Natalie Reiter in Playacting; Parker Johnson in Prose; and Tara Lawrence, Madison Krueger-Brown and Rachel Wiseman, each in solo acting. And finally earning Bronze were Jazmyn Groat, Emily Fondie and Annie Begotka in Group Interpretation; Evan Ploekelmann in Oratory; and Mariah Wittmann in Poetry. Coach Nancy Herbison said the students did extremely well, especially being a year with many new or relatively new members of the team. THS Named AP 'Pacesetter' School As students prepare for Advanced Placement exams this spring, the Tomahawk School District has once again been recognized for student efforts last year. The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council has named Tomahawk High School a 'pacesetter' school. The award is presented to schools that have provided a combination of access to AP courses and posted excellent exam results. This is the fourth consecutive year that Tomahawk has received the distinction. It comes from results of the 2016 school year. Huesby Tentatively Selected as Next THS Principal A search committee has selected an in-house candidate and THS grad as the next Tomahawk High School Principal. Following a second round of interviews, Ryan Huesby was tabbed for the position. The decision is pending full board approval at the board meeting next month. Current principal Scott Swenty will be retiring at the end of the school year. We'll have more on this decision coming up tomorrow.
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Two Tomahawk Businesses Recognized by Local American Legion Post
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WEDC Grants Awarded to Local Schools on 'Fab Lab' Day
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