Tomahawk Squirts Finish Third at State Published on 03/06/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Squirt Youth Hockey Team finished third at the WAHA Squirt 4A State Championships held in Shawano on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5.

Tomahawk won their first game on Saturday, 4-2 over Burnett Youth Hockey.  Tomahawk then lost to Milwaukee Area Youth Hockey 8-0.

On Sunday, Tomahawk defeated the Ice Wolves 7-1 to finish in third.

The Squirt 4A championship went to Milwaukee Area Youth Hockey, they defeated Viroqua 8-0 in the championships game.

WAHA Squirt 4A Championships

In Other News

Plea Deal for Man who Fled Officers in Park Falls in 2016
Published on 10/19/2017 under News The second of two men who sparked a day long search in Price County last summer has reached a plea deal. Adrian Rodriguez, now of Atlanta, was arrested in June of 2016 after fleeing from police in Park Falls. Following the incident, the 25 year old was facing 4 charges. According to court records, he pleaded no contest to a felony charge of escaping criminal arrest. In exchange, he received a deferred prosecution on a possession of cocaine charge, and two misdemeanors were dismissed. Rodriguez received two years of probation with a withheld sentence. He must maintain sobriety and submit a letter of apology, according to the sentence.
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Nicolet College Hosts 'Wisconsin Foodie'
Published on 10/19/2017 under News Food was the topic at a special Nicolet Live event yesterday on the campus. Nicolet welcomed Kyle Cherek, the host of the nationally-syndicated PBS show Wisconsin Foodie. His free presentation, titled 'From the Ground Up,' discussed how food has shaped humanity and how the choices we make today will impact our future. In the lead up to the event, Cherek said, "Food is fascinating to me. Everything from where food comes from and how it's grown to the story of how it is alchemized onto the plate." Prior to last night's public show, he met with Nicolet culinary students in the kitchen. The presentation was just a taste of the 'Wisconsin Foodie' who, in addition to more than 100 episodes of his show, also hosts online Chef Talk videos. For those that missed out on last night's discussion, you can see Cherek on Wisconsin Foodie, which airs Fridays at 7:30 on PBS.
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Recognizing Wisconsin's Forest Products Industry
Published on 10/19/2017 under News The timber industry plays a large role in the northwoods, and this week has been set aside to recognize the trade. Governor Walker has declared the third week in October as Forestry Products week, and he encourages citizens to recognize the many products that come from our forests and the people and businesses that work in and care for them. Scot Lyon, a forest products specialist with the DNR noted that the state is home to 17.1 million acres of forest land, which serves more than 1,200 forest products companies. The forest products sector generates $24.7 billion in goods and services each year. Wisconsin remains the No. 1 paper making state in the nation for more than 60 years, producing 5.3 million tons of paper annually. According to DNR statistics,Wisconsin forests provide more than 64,000 jobs, and is the number 1 employer in 10 counties . That includes: Lincoln, Langlade, Taylor and Price Counties. We'll take a closer look at the Lincoln County figures coming up tomorrow.
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Former Rhinelander Police Chief Completes FBI Program
Published on 10/19/2017 under News A former Northwoods police chief continues to progress in Madison. Earlier this week, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the Mike Steffes completed the FBI National Executive Institute. He described the program as an "elite, highly-selective academy designed for law enforcement executives that lead more than 500 sworn officers. Steffes currently serves as the Deputy Administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement Services. He took over that position last fall after previously serving as Rhinelander Police Chief. In that announcement, Steffes called it an honor to attend. He said, "I was able to learn from classmates from around the country and world and learned many new ideas to aid DOJ's officer wellness program." Known as the crown jewel of the FBI's executive training series they cover a wide range of topics including: political, economic and social trends that affect policing; ethics and integrity; labor and media relations; structuring of police organizations; and financing.
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Lincoln County Board Recap
Published on 10/18/2017 under News The Lincoln County Board held their regular October meeting Tuesday evening. As usual, the meeting began with public service recognitions. For October, that includes: 10 years for Rhonda Bacher and Kari Weiland, each at the Sheriff's Office; 15 years for Nicole Krause at Pine Crest and Reed Lazarz at the Sheriff's Office; and 25 years for Pamela Schotz in the Veteran's Department. Finance Director Dan Leydet had nothing to add on the year to date budget, but noted the contingency fund is getting low. He then gave a brief presentation on the upcoming budget. The proposed levy is $14.1 million, a 1.32% increase over last year. With the equalized value in the county up 2.8%, it mean's the county's mill rate will be down slightly. The budget will be back for approval by the board next month. Eleven members of the public spoke out of concern for the UW-Extension positions which had been removed at one point in the budget process, but have since been restored. The first resolution of the evening approved overhauling the courthouse audio/visual technology. That project could approach $200,000. A pair of resolutions moved money into capital improvements from unassigned and unrestricted forest funds respectively. The board passed a resolution for a lease agreement with WPS for a tower on Irma Hill. That agreement includes space on the tower for county use. It would also entitle the county to 25% of revenues from renting out space on the tower. The board then tackled a pair of resolutions related to opioid abuse. The first allows the county to enter legal action against opioid manufacturers. Numerous other counties are passing similar resolutions. The second measure urges politicians and government agents at the federal and state level to address the issue as well. A rezoning request was approved with no further discussion. The final two items related to county forests. The first approved an annual work plan, necessary to secure grant funding. The second addressed overnight camping in county forests outside of designated camping areas. Forest Administrator Kevin Kleinschmidt gave some background on the issue prior to the vote. He noted that some individuals have been taking advantage of camping outside of designated areas in vehicles or RV's. This has lead to damage, littering, and conflicts with other park users or law enforcement. The amendment places time limits, states that camping is not a means of establishing residence, and subjects violators to ejection as well as possible penalties. The vote was unanimous with no further discussion.
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Residents Offer UW-Extension Support at Lincoln County Board Meeting
Published on 10/18/2017 under News Concerned over the future of the UW-Extension program in Lincoln County, a handful of Tomahawk area residents spoke at the Lincoln County Board meeting yesterday. That concern came from a previous version of the preliminary budget which considered eliminating those positions in order to close the budget shortfalls. In the latest version of the budget, however, those positions have been restored. While the concern became moot, eleven individuals spoke in support none-the-less. That included mentions of the Strong Bodies program, the Reading Buddies program, and the Community Garden, each which benefits from the UW-Extension. One individual referred to the UW-Extension "a jewel," while another praised the knowledge those individuals offer to the community. The budget, which has the UW-Extension funding restored, will be back on the agenda next month for final approval.
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Lincoln County Board Address Opioids with Two Resolutions
Published on 10/18/2017 under News In light of a national opioid crisis, the Lincoln County Board passed a pair of resolutions seeking action. The first resolution is actually appearing at county board meetings across the state. It authorizes the county to enter legal action against opioid manufacturers. Corporation council Nancy Bergstrom explained that litigation could take years, but at no cost to the county unless money has been recovered. The resolution gained traction at the recent Wisconsin Counties Association conference. Similar measures were approved at the Oneida and Marathon County Boards yesterday. The second resolution calls for change at the national level. Supervisor Bill Zeitz, who prepared the second resolution, noted "It's long overdue, (we need to) put the blame where it belongs." That resolution will be forwarded to various levels of government including the FBI, CIA, DEA, as well as politicians at the national and state levels. The supervisors voted after a heart wrenching story from the mother of an overdose victim. Each resolution passed by unanimous voice vote after minimal discussion.
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Lincoln County Hears Presentation on Balanced 2018 Budget
Published on 10/18/2017 under News The Lincoln County Board got a look at the preliminary 2018 budget, which is now balanced. Finance Director Dan Leydet gave a brief presentation on that process and some figures last evening. The overall budget is $49.5million. The proposed tax levy is $14.1 million, a 1.32% increase over last year. With the equalized value in the county up 2.8%, it mean's the county's mill rate will be down slightly. He noted that while the equalized value has slowly been on the rise, it is still below its high mark in 2010. As for next year's budget, it'll be back for approval next month.
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Merrill Free Medical Clinic a Success
Published on 10/18/2017 under News Organizers are calling a free medical clinic in Merrill this past weekend a success. We heard from one of the organizers, Roxanne Consolver, who passed along some numbers from the event. She says that those in attendance received 329 services including medical, vision, chiropractic, and preventative nursing care. With the weather turning shortly, they also distributed 86 bags of winter clothing and 110 people were able to simply share a warm meal. Others received professional hair cuts or had their nails painted. Among the specific highlights, Consolver recalled the VA finding benefits for an individual who did not know he qualified, and Haven providing a Spanish interpreter to assist a Spanish speaking individual. Our Sisters House was helping and distributing Handbags for Hope. Organizers are already planning for next year's event, with one consideration being dental services. Consolver closed by noting they were grateful for the huge outpouring of volunteers. Adding, "We didn't have record numbers this year, but the people that came were totally blessed. "
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Tomahawk Man Arrested for 4th OWI Following Foot Pursuit
Published on 10/17/2017 under News A Tomahawk man was arrested after a foot pursuit in Lincoln County over the weekend. That incident happened Saturday afternoon. The Marathon County Sheriff's Office initially reported a reckless driver traveling north on Highway 51. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says that deputies had stopped the vehicle near Duginski Road when the driver fled on foot. The 29 year old Tomahawk man, whose name was not released, was eventually located with assistance from the Marathon County K9 unit. He was taken into custody for a felony fourth offense of operating while intoxicated, as well as bail jumping and several outstanding warrants. Deputies also said they found a substance in the suspect's vehicle which later tested positive for methamphetamine.
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