Tomahawk Baseball Team Wins at Northland Pines Published on 05/12/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Varsity Baseball Team defeated the Northland Pines Eagles 6-2 on Thursday in Great Northern Conference action.

Jake Ruid was 4-4 with 2 runs an RBI and 3 triples, Jakob Kahle was 2-3 with an RBI and Eli wurl added a double.

Eli Wurl pitched the whole game striking out 10 and giving up only 2 hits.

Tomahawk will travel to Hurley on Friday, with the opening pitch at 4:30 pm.

In Other News

WIAA Adds Shot Clock to Basketball, Second Division to Boys Hockey
Published on 06/23/2017 under News STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin high school basketball teams will soon be on the clock. According to the Associated Press report, the WIAA's Board of Control has voted to implement a 35-second shot clock for varsity basketball games only beginning with the 2019-20 season. The WIAA says the board reached the decision following a lengthy discussion at a meeting on Thursday. The shot clock vote was among a number of issues ruled on by the board. They included support for an amended recommendation for a two-year experiment to create two divisions in boys hockey starting with the 2020 state tournament. The tourney format would feature four teams in Division 1 and four in Division 2. The smallest 32 programs by enrollment would be assigned to Division 2.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 06/23/2017 under News Officers are reviewing security camera footage regarding a shoplifting complaint from a gas station and continue to investigate. On Tuesday, officers were called to Bradley Park for a driving complaint. As a result of that complaint, a 22 year old male was cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle. An officer conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation. The driver, a 17 year old male, was cited for operating without a license. The 18 year old passenger and owner was cited for permitting an unlicensed driver to operate the vehicle. On Wednesday, an officer observed a 37 year old male, known to have a suspended license, operating a vehicle. That violation was confirmed and the driver was cited. A 30 year old man was taken into custody following an apprehension request from Oneida County. The man was the transferred to a deputy at the county line. A 25 year old male was found to have violated his no drink order while at a local establishment. He was then brought to the Lincoln County Jail as a result of that violation.
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Local Residents Recognized at Tomahawk Community Awards Banquet
Published on 06/23/2017 under News Several individuals from the Tomahawk area were honored this past weekend for their commitment to the community. The Tomahawk Leader once again partnered with Inshalla Country Club to host the Community Awards Banquet... honors that date back 62 years now. It was a special night for the Hein family, overall. As we've previously covered, they are transitioning ownership of Inshalla. It was John, Peggy and Andy who received this year's Distinguished Service Award. Among the numerous groups highlighting the Heins at the event were the Tomahawk Chamber, the Hatchet golf team, Ties that Bind Us, and the Lion's Club. A pair of Tomahawk High School staff shared this year's LEADERship Award, Dan Reiter and Olivia Dachel. Reiter serves as guidance counselor, was called 'an unsung hero-who has worked behind the scenes to help young people, families and the community as a whole. In addition to her regular teaching duties, Dachel was recognized for her efforts in the FBLA program, school to work apprenticeships other student/community programs. The former Kohl Teacher Fellowship recipient even received accolades from Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett for the award. Other winners include: Alan Van Strydonk and Nancy Swan of Erv's, nominated for Employer of the year, while the staff of Tomahawk Ben Franklin were surprised with the Employees of the Year award. The Tomahawk Area Historical Society received the Community Appreciation Award and Margaret Harry the Mentor of the year. Finally, Andrew Cook added another honor to his growing list of accomplishments. The graduating senior was named the Youth LEADER of the year. A perfect example of his success occurred earlier this month, when the co-valedictorian addressed his classmates at the THS graduation on a Sunday. The following day, he was competing in the WIAA golf state tournament. He's also participated in FBLA and was a Youth Apprentice. Cook is heading to UW-Madison this fall, majoring in electrical engineering.
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Update: Victim Identified in Forest County Shooting
Published on 06/23/2017 under News Officials have released the name of the victim in a shooting that occurred in Forest County earlier this week. The Sheriff's Office says they were called to a residence in Crandon Wednesday morning at around 4am. The initial call was for a disturbance that involved a gunshot. The victim has now been identified as 25 year old Savanna Larson of Lac du Flambeau. The Sheriff's Office initially indicated that three people were taken into custody following the incident. No further details on the case have been provide. The incident remains under investigation.
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Judge Says Pepper Spray, Solitary Overused at Youth Prison
Published on 06/23/2017 under News MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge says that Wisconsin's juvenile prison for boys is a "troubled institution" that overuses segregation, pepper spray and shackles on inmates. But U.S. District Judge James Peterson said Thursday he doesn't know if the answer is to immediately bar those practices like the American Civil Liberties Union and Juvenile Law Center is asking. Peterson says he wants to maintain safety at the prisons and he doesn't want to overreach with whatever he orders on Friday. Peterson made the comments to attorneys following the end of a daylong hearing on the issues. He says he hopes that both sides could agree to a plan for moving forward. But he also says he has "concerns that the problems are so severe and the harm to the residents of Lincoln Hills is so acute" that the state should be allowed to refine its use of the tactics on its own.
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Several Claim Inaugural 'Catch and Release' Fishing Records
Published on 06/23/2017 under News Earlier this year the DNR announced a new addition to its fishing record book, set aside for those that practice 'catch and release.' The DNR said their new live release records program is part of a larger effort to promote quality fishing and encourage the careful release of trophy size fish. They noted that similar efforts have found success in other states and among some national record keeping organizations. Several months into the new fishing season, the DNR says that 4 Wisconsin anglers have established new live release records. In announcing those inaugural records, fisheries director Justine Hasz said, "We've heard from anglers over the years that they wanted an opportunity to get recognized for catching and releasing trophy fish, so we're happy to say we have our first live release records on the books and look forward to many more." The live release records are verified by DNR officials using a defined series of photographs including the fish, angler and measuring device. In that same announcement, the DNR noted that 6 traditional hook and line records have also fallen in 2017.
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WIAA Board Approves Basketball Shot Clock, Two Divisions in Boys Hockey
Published on 06/23/2017 under Sports STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control reviewed and approved a number of committee recommendations impacting winter sports, gave initial review and consideration of a newly conceived divisional placement plan for basketball, and engaged in robust membership-related discussions at its June meeting today. Following a lengthy discussion, the Board voted to implement the use of a 35-second shot clock in basketball for varsity games only to begin with the 2019-20 season. In other basketball-related action, coaches qualifying for the Sate Tournament will determine the seeds for the four qualifying teams in each of the five divisions with a Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association representative breaking any ties that may occur beginning in 2017-18. Three other basketball recommendations received approval from the Board. If schools choose to play only one half of a junior varsity game and a full varsity game, players will be allowed to play in only two halves. Also approved was extending the coaching box to 28 feet from 14 feet for all levels. In addition, the number of players per team allowed to dress during the Tournament Series will increase to 18 while maintaining the maximum party limit of 22. The Board also voted to convene the basketball coaches advisory committee following the 2017 Area Meetings to discuss the merits of a newly created basketball tournament placement model. Details of the plan will be shared and discussed at the Area Meetings and at each level of the committee process to be presented to the Board at its Jan. 31, 2018 meeting. General details of the plan is provided below. The Board supported an amended recommendation for a two-year experiment on sponsoring two divisions in boys hockey beginning with the 2020 State Tournament. The tournament format will feature four teams in Division 1 and four in Division 2 with the smallest 32 programs by enrollment assigned to Division 2. Another action item in hockey was the approval of the procedure for seeding the State Tournament. The WIAA will conduct a conference call with coaches of qualifying teams to determine the top four seeds, and the remaining four teams will be randomly drawn as opponents of the seeded teams in the brackets. The guidelines for seeding will replicate those for the regional and sectional levels. Beginning next season, the State Tournament in team wrestling will also be seeded by coaches of qualifying teams. The process will replicate the procedure approved in boys hockey. Another wrestling recommendation approved for 2017-18 increases the total number of medals awarded to 28 at the State Team Tournament, which equals the number of eligible athletes. In other wrestling-related discussions, the Board was informed of a change in the Feb. 1, one-pound growth allowance to take effect on the date of the first regional competition. The lone gymnastics coaches' recommendation received approval. It requires the final average score of a routine to be posted during meets throughout the season. The Board also ratified spring cooperative programs for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, general fund financial statements and payments and a spending resolution during development of the 2017-18 operational budget. Among the additional discussions were a review of the 2017 spring State Tournaments, updates on Assembly Bill 260/Senate Bill 232, the 2017 New Athletic Director Workshop, possible 2017 Area Meeting topics, and potential Constitution items for the 2018 Annual Meeting. The Board also received liaison reports from John Ashley of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and Peggy Seegers-Braun of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. The WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 511 senior high schools and 41 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It sponsors 27 championship tournament series. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.
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Hearing on Use of Pepper Spray, Solitary Confinement at Lincoln Hills
Published on 06/22/2017 under News MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge is set to hear evidence in a case seeking to halt the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and the shackling of inmates at Wisconsin's troubled youth prisons. The hearing Thursday before U.S. District Judge James Peterson comes in a lawsuit filed against the state Department of Corrections by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Juvenile Law Center. They are asking the judge to temporarily ban the disciplinary tactics at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake prisons while its lawsuit challenging them as unconstitutional proceeds. Attorneys asked the judge to close the hearing when videos are shown that reveal the identities of young inmates as they are pepper sprayed. A coalition of media outlets and groups was objecting to closing the hearing to show the videos.
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Travelling Sauna Makes Stop in Merrill Area
Published on 06/22/2017 under News Thanks to our friends in the Brantwood area, our listeners are familiar with the 100 year Finish Independence Celebration in 2017. Coming up today, a business in the Merrill area is hosting a unique traveling Finnish experience. While not created there, perhaps one of the most familiar Finnish products is the sauna. This afternoon Metsa Machines is hosting a traveling sauna known as Sisu. For the independence celebration, Sisu and its groups are touring the country. They began back in January in the Twin Cities, and have already traveled up the Pacific Coast this spring. They're here in Wisconsin in June including today's stop in Merrill. According to their website, Mesta Machines was established in Central Wisconsin last year with the goal of importing and distributing quality Finnish products & equipment. President Patrick Taylor said they were happy to host Sisu and help celebrate Finnish independence as many of their products are built in Finland. The event will be held from 1pm to 7pm today at N1271 State Hwy 64 & 107 – guests can head west out of Merrill on Highway 64 and watch for the signs.
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June is Invasive Species Month
Published on 06/22/2017 under News June is Invasive Species Awareness Month and several local groups are hoping to increase public awareness and remind citizens to take simple steps to help prevent the introduction or spread of invasives. One of those groups is the Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Program. They noted that invasive species are primarily spread by human activity, and its often unintentionally. They can attach to footwear, dog fur, tires or wood products, garnering the nickname hitchhikers. Examples of invasive species in Oneida County and the larger northwoods area are: Emerald ash borer, Phragmites, Garlic mustard, Yellow flag iris, Purple loosestrife, Chinese mystery snails and Rusty crayfish. The group said that prevention and early intervention are the most efficient and cost effective approaches and offered a few tips. First up, clean and inspect when traveling to a new area. That includes hiking boots, outdoor gear, boats, trailers, and construction machines. Never release aquarium fish, exotic animals or live bait. Finally, learn to identify invasive species in your area and report sightings to your County Land and Water Conservation Department or the DNR.
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