Hatchet Track Teams Finish Sixth at GNC Indoor Published on 04/05/2017 under Sports On Tuesday night the Tomahawk boys and girls track teams traveled to Eagle River to compete in the Great Northern Conference Indoor meet. Both the boys and girls finished 6th out of 7 teams with Medford coming in first place on the boys and girls side.

Top finishers for the Hatchet boys were:
Wyatt Wenninger- 2nd place in the 200 meter dash and 5th place in the high jump
Orion Spaulding- 4th place in the high jump

Top finishers for the Hatchet girls were:
Tehya Street- 3rd place in the 3200 meter run
Mady Hanse- 4th place in the pole vault and 5th place in the 200 meter dash
Arianna Schreiner - 4th place in the 3200 meter run
Sierra Graeber- 4th place in the triple jump
Hannah Schade- 4th place in the shot put
1600 meter relay team- 4th place (Hanse, Graeber, Tasha Carstensen and Kaylie Svacina)

The Hatchets will be back in action Tuesday, April 18th at Mosinee.

In Other News

Tomahawk PD Receives Ballistic Helmets, Shield Through Local Donation
Published on 05/23/2017 under News Tomahawk Police Officers will be a bit safer in high risk situations thanks to the generosity of a local resident and business owner. The department announced yesterday that they were on the receiving end of ballistic helmets and a ballistic entry shield. The donation came from Shawn and Robert (Augie) Augustine, owners of Tomahawk's Augie's Collectibles. Police Chief Al Elvins says, "The equipment that Augie and Shawn provided will be put to great use." He says, "This will allow the officers to remain safer while conducting drug search warrants as well as active shooter situations." The donation includes 8 helmets in all, enough to issue to each sworn officer. The news release closed by thanking the Augustines for their continued support and for this generous donation in particular.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 05/23/2017 under News A Tomahawk teen reported being blackmailed with a video on Facebook. Officers advised the man to contact the website regarding both the video and the account. Officers observed a 21 year old male known to have an active warrant through Oneida County. The warrant was confirmed and the man was taken into custody and was able to post bond. Officers received a reckless driving complaint. The reporting party said the driver of the other vehicle swerved towards her. The officer was able to make contact with the driver, and learned it was a 15 year old learning to drive with a learner's permit. Officers were called to Extrom Farm Road Saturday night for a single vehicle crash and no driver. A short time later the owner reported the vehicle as stolen, but eventually admitted to driving. The incident remains under investigation.
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DoT Continues Lincoln County Bridge Inspections
Published on 05/23/2017 under News Department of Transportation crews continue their routine bridge inspections in the area. Motorists can expect to encounter daytime lane closures on US 51 and WIS 64 beginning this week. Crews are inspecting bridges at the following locations: * US 51 over the Wisconsin River (Tomahawk) * Pope Road (over US 51 in Merrill) * US 51 over the Wisconsin River (Merrill) * WIS 64 over the Wisconsin River (Merrill) * WIS 64 over the Pine River (east of US 51, town of Pine River) Crews are also performing routine bridge maintenance on five bridges on US 51 between Tomahawk and Lincoln County H. The speed limit will be reduced to 55 MPH in these work zones. All work is scheduled for completion before the end of the day, Thursday, May 25. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions and construction status.
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Governor Walker Promotes K-12 Budget Proposals at Merrill Elementary School
Published on 05/23/2017 under News The Governor made another stop at a northwoods school, as he continues to promote the school funding in his latest budget proposal. Yesterday, Walker visited Kate Goodrich Elementary in Merrill to pitch those K-12 funding investments ideas. After several years of cuts, the governor's latest budget proposal would add back $649 million in new state aids to K-12 schools. Walker said, "Our budget proposal not only bolsters student success by making historic investments in K-12 education, it also helps our rural schools address unique needs, like high transportation costs," Since releasing the spending proposals, the governor has criss-crossed the state, promoting the plan would benefit the districts. A per pupil aid increase would result in the Merrill District receiving $1.6 million additional dollars. That's coupled with additional transportation aid. Those dollars would be welcome at many northwoods schools. After several years of cuts, several local districts have turned to referendums.
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DNR Collecting Turtle Road Crossing Observations
Published on 05/23/2017 under News With the spring breeding season beginning for many Wisconsin turtle species, Department of Natural Resources conservation biologists are once again asking citizens to submit their observations of where turtles and other wildlife are found crossing roads. DNR Conservation biologist Andrew Badje, who coordinates the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program says, "In a little over four years, more than 1,000 citizens have reported 1,021 turtle road crossings throughout Wisconsin." He went on to say, "These reports have helped us identify problem areas throughout the state so we can work with road agencies to take steps to make these sites safer for motorists and less deadly for turtles." Wisconsin has 11 turtle species and all of them lay eggs in upland nests consisting of gravel and sand. Badje says, The loss of even one adult female turtle can have a large effect on future population numbers, especially in isolated populations or in species like the wood turtle that can take from 12 to 20 years to reach reproductive age.. To report turtle crossings and other turtle sightings and learn more about Wisconsin turtles, visit the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program website.
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Draft horses get back to work in Wisconsin farms, forests
Published on 05/23/2017 under News MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) — Powerful and versatile draft horses are being used in Wisconsin to help a cellphone company upgrade its towers among other jobs in the fields and forests. Milwaukee Public Radio reports that draft horses can get in and out of spaces some vehicles can't because the animals are agile and lightweight. Medford farmer Jason Julian uses horses in his winter logging business, Legacy Horse Logging, because of the animals' ability to traverse roads that are snow-covered, muddy or flooded. Logistics company CH Coakley hired Julian earlier this year to deliver boxes of gear to cellphone towers for a large U.S. Cellular service upgrade in northern and central Wisconsin. ATVs and trucks couldn't get to some of the towers because the primitive access roads were covered snow or muck.
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Hatchet Golf Team Finishes Fifth at Regional; Advance Two
Published on 05/23/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Golf Team competed in the WIAA Regional Meet on Monday at the Hayward Golf and Tennis Club, and the Hatchets played their best rounds of the year in finishing in fifth place.  Tomahawk came up just four strokes short of advancing to the sectional meet as a team. Michelle Lodholz and Andrew Cook both advance to the sectional meet on Tuesday, May 30, as they finished in the top four golfers not on a qualifying team. Lodholz shot an 82 (38-42) and Cook finished with an 83 (41-42).  Other Hatchet scores included Ty Gerstenberger and Riley Tollison with 89's. According to Coach Gerstenberger, this is the first time in quite a few years that all four Hatchet scorers shot in the 80's. Medford won the regional meet, with Lakeland finishing in second place. The WIAA Sectional Meet is on Tuesday, May 30 at Turtleback with a 9:00 am start time. Compete WIAA Regional Results
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Hatchet Track Teams Compete in Regional Meet
Published on 05/23/2017 under Sports The Hatchet boys and girls track and field teams competed in the WIAA Regional Meet at Colby High School on Monday night. The Hatchets girls finished in 9th place and the boys finished in 8th. Lakeland won the WIAA Regional Titles on the boys and girls sides. The Hatchets will be advancing two individuals to the WIAA Sectional Meet on Thursday at Medford, as Hannah Schade finished in third place in the discus with a thro0w of 97'2" For the boys, Wyatt Wenninger was third in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.70.  Weinninger will also compete in the 200 meter dash, finishing third with a time of 23.65. The WIAA Sectional Meet at Medford High School begins on Thursday at 4:00 pm. Complete WIAA Regional Results
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Tomahawk Softball Team Begins Regional Play
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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. WIAA Division Two Spring Baseball Bracket
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