Brantwood Residents Celebrate St. Urho's Day Published on 03/20/2017 under News While many people around the world were celebrating St. Patrick's Day over the weekend, a group in Brantwood recognized their ties to Finland.

The Knox Creek Heritage Center in Brantwood presented their St. Urho Day celebration on Saturday, recognizing their own Saint. The organizers exchanged the typical St. Patrick's corned beef and cabbage for homemade Finnish soups and bread.

Several presenters were on hand at the event including Michael Meier, who spoke on several local authors; Helen and Anna Palmquist, who spoke on the history of the Palmquist Farm and their recipe book; and lastly Sylvia Wollemann, who recognized volunteers and teachers from Prentice for their assistance during Community Service Days.

It'll be a busy year for the Knox Creek Heritage Center and similar groups as they celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence. Among activities planned for the summer are a 'Carved in Wood' folk art show and a play performance of Eino and Toivo.



In Other News

Tomahawk Boys & Girls Track & Field Teams compete in Regionals
Published on 05/22/2017 under Sports The Hatchet Boys and Girls Track and Field Teams are at Colby on Monday, May 22 for the WIAA Regional Meet. The action begins at 400 pm and the top four finishers advance to the Medford sectional meet on Thursday, May 25th.
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Tomahawk Golf Team Competes in WIAA Regional Meet
Published on 05/22/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Golf Team will compete in the Hayward WIAA Regional Golf Meet on Monday, May 22 at Hayward Golf Club. The 18 hole action begins at 9:00 am, and the top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the Barron Sectional on Tuesday, May 30th.
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Tomahawk Softball Team Begins Regional Play
Published on 05/22/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Softball Team is a three seed in their sectional bracket, and the Hatchets will host Omro on Tuesday, May 23rd at Hatchet Field, with the opening pitch at 5:00 pm. The winner advances to the Regional Final on Friday, May 26th against Amherst, Northland Pines or Weyauwega-Fremont.
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Tomahawk Baseball Team Begins Tournament Play
Published on 05/22/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Baseball Team will begin Regional play on Thursday, May 25th, as the #5 seed, the Hatchets will travel to Medford to play the fourth seeded Raiders. The opening pitch is at 5:00 pm. The winner will advance to Regional Semi Final play on Tuesday, May 30th against the winner of the Northland Pines @ Lakeland game.
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28th Never Forgotten Honor Flight Heads to Washington DC
Published on 05/22/2017 under News Another group of northwoods veterans are traveling to our Nation's capitol today to visit the monuments built in their honor. Today marks the second Never Forgotten Honor Flight of the spring and the 28th mission overall. Ninety two veterans are scheduled to participate on today's trip including 87 from Vietnam and 5 from Korea. Traditionally the Never Forgotten Chapter, based in Wausau, takes 4 flights each year, two in the spring and two in the fall. Since the local flight began, they have brought more than 2,400 northwoods veterans to Washington DC. Their journey actually began last night with their traditional send off dinner. The veterans and their guardians took off earlier this morning for the day long trip. As always the public is invited to welcome the veterans home this evening at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee.
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Investigation into April Home Invasion in Tomahawk
Published on 05/22/2017 under News Two individuals from Milton are under investigation for an alleged home invasion, kidnapping and theft in Tomahawk last month. The Tomahawk Police Department says they were initially contacted about the incident overnight April 30 at a South Second St. apartment. Chief Al Elvins says that the two victims were located and returned safely. Elvins says that the motivation is believed to be an unpaid drug transaction. Investigators believe that a 41 year old male and 35 year old female from Milton traveled to Tomahawk to collect the debt. A request for a criminal complaint and arrest warrants have been sent to the District Attorney's Office for review.
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Published on 05/22/2017 under News Two days of severe weather kept the communications center and sheriff's office busy. The majority of the calls Tuesday were in the southern part of the county, while most of the Wednesday calls were in the Tomahawk area. Deputies assisted with the numerous downed trees and power lines across the county. They said a garage was knocked down on County D near Tomahawk. No injuries have been reported from the storms in our area. A 41 year old Tomahawk woman was arrested following a two vehicle crash Wednesday evening. The crash was reported at Highway 8 and County Road A at just before 8pm. One of the drivers showed signs of impairment and was eventually taken in for a second offense of operating while intoxicated. The driver of the other vehicle was treated on the scene for minor injuries and refused medical transport. A 25 year old Merrill man was arrested late Thursday on drug charges after deputies investigated a suspicious vehicle in the Town of Scott. Deputies found the vehicle in a business parking lot on Brandenburg Avenue after hours. The Marathon County k9 unit was dispatched and hit on the vehicle. A subsequent search turned up marijuana. A 43 year old Tomahawk woman was arrested Saturday morning on a criminal traffic charge. The deputy initially stopped the vehicle on St. Paul St. in Merrill after observing it traveling less than 10 miles per hour on the city streets and 20mph on County Hwy JJ. The driver refused field sobriety tests and will be cited for a second offense of operating while intoxicated. The number of car deer crashes was down this past week with just 3 reported. A driver also reported striking a bear on Highway 51 near Tomahawk.
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Merrill Students Craft 'Freedom Pens' for Honor Flight Vets
Published on 05/22/2017 under News The veterans participating on today's Never Forgotten Honor Flight will have a special keepsake thanks to a group of northwoods middle school students. At a presentation earlier this month, local Honor Flight organizer James Campbell was presented with 100 hand-crafted pens to be distributed to the veterans on today's flight. Known as 'Freedom Pens,' they were made by students at Prairie Rivers Middle School in Merrill. The local program was lead by Technology Education instructor Pete McConnell, who utilized a $1,000 "Beyond Crayons and Computers" grant from the Merrill Area Community Foundation. Its part of a larger Freedom Pen program within the nationwide Honor Flight network. McConnell traveled to Sun Prairie to learn about their program and bring the process here to the Northwoods. The students began their work on the project in January, completing their freedom pens in time for today's flight.
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Allan Bell Trail Dedication Monday
Published on 05/22/2017 under News A special nature trail will be dedicated to a longtime Tomahawk nature columnist today. For years, Allan Bell educated and entertained the greater Tomahawk area with his Birch Bark Nature Notes column in the Tomahawk Leader. Now the Friends of the Allan Bell Trail Committee and the Tomahawk School District have partnered to name the nature trail system at the school in Bell's honor. During the process, students from the high school designed and built a series of signs describing the flora and fauna along the route, just as Bell had in his many columns. Several benches had previously been completed and placed along the mile and a half trail network allowing people to stop and take in nature. A special memorial will be placed at the trail head designating it as the Allan Bell Memorial Nature Trail. A special unveiling and dedication is planned Monday afternoon at 2:45 pm.
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Inmate Fails to Return to Lincoln County Jail
Published on 05/22/2017 under News The Lincoln County Jail is seeking an inmate that failed to return to that facility this past Friday. The Sheriff's Office says Chastity Lerae Ritchie was released from the jail Friday on a court ordered furlough and failed to return. The 24 year old is currently serving a sentence in the jail for failure to pay child support. Officials described Ritchie as 5'2", approximately 120 pounds, with brown hair, green eyes and tattoos on her back, chest and right arm. Deputies say she has ties to the Merrill and Wausau areas. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Chastity L. Ritchie is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 715-536-6272, callers may also call Crime Stoppers at 715-536-3726, callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and can qualify for a cash reward.
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