Fatal Crash in Brokaw Wednesday Evening Published on 05/19/2017 under News We now know some additional details in a fatal crash that occurred in Northern Marathon County Wednesday evening.

That crash happened at around 6pm on County W in Brokaw. According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Office, a northbound car was turning left into a business when it was struck by an oncoming SUV.

A passenger in the car, 75 year old Ernest Paul Elliot of Wausau was killed in the crash. Both drivers, as well as a second passenger in the car, sustained injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, speed of the SUV is believed to have played a role in the crash.

In Other News

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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Man Injured in Marathon County Silo Explosion
Published on 06/22/2017 under News One person was injured from an explosion inside a silo in Marathon County last evening. According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Office news release, that incident happened at just before 7pm in the Township of Emmet. Officials determined that several individuals were clearing brush from the property and placed it in the silo to be burned. They said that gasoline was added to the pile within the concrete silo to assist in starting the fire. Investigators believe the fumes from the gasoline created a dangerous fuel to air mixture inside. The Sheriff's Office says an 18 year old male from Illinois was injured by the explosion and was transported to a nearby hospital. He was listed in fair condition.
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Tomahawk Cubs Split Double Header with Medford
Published on 06/22/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Cubs hosted Medford in American Legion baseball on Wednesday night at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field. In game one of the doubleheader, Tomahawk rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 11-10 walk off win. Medford jumped to a 7-1 lead in the third inning before the Cubs began the comeback. Tomahawk closed the gap to 7-5 only to see the Raiders score three runs in the fourth inning to take a 10-5 lead. From that point on it was all Cubs, as they scored the final six runs to secure the conference victory. Jakob Kahle started on the mound for Tomahawk and pitched three innings allowing 7 runs, 3 earned, on 4 hits and 3 walks. Isaac Weber pitched the final four innings and got the win for the Cubs giving up 3 runs, all earned, on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3. The Cubs pounded out 15 hits in the victory and were led by: Shawn Dirkx, 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored, Justin Jarvensivu, 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored, Eli Wurl, Isaac Weber, and Garrett Schulz each added two hits to the Tomahawk attack. In game two, Medford scored a run in the first inning and made it stand up as they held on for the 1-0 victory in the five inning game. Wyatt Kupper was the tough luck losing pitcher for Tomahawk giving up one run on four hits while walking two and striking out two in his complete game effort. Unfortunately, the Cubs could only muster three hits of their own in the loss. Tomahawk returns to action on Friday night as the Cubs host Chequamagon for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 5:30 pm.
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Music on the River Kicks Off with Led West; WJJQ Community Cookout
Published on 06/21/2017 under News Music on the River returns to Tomahawk this evening for nearly two months of weekly live bands in Memorial Park. This is actually the 10th year for the event, and to celebrate the organizers have expanded to seven shows. Outside of the added show and a rotating line-up the 2017 concert series will be much like year's past. That includes the annual WJJQ Community Cookout to kick of the series tonight. Our staff will be joined by other community members in serving up brats, hot dogs, chips and soda. That's all in the lead up to Led West taking the stage. The six piece band plays an ecletic mix of favorites from classic country and rock to modern favorites. As an example their catalog includes: Elvis and Johnny Cash to Clapton and Skynrd to Bruno Mars and Zach Brown Band. Perhaps the best part of Music on the River, however, is that the event is free. Serving gets underway at 4:30 with music to begin at 6pm, all at Memorial Park here in Tomahawk.
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Lincoln County Board Revisits Request for Redistricting Changes
Published on 06/21/2017 under News While the US Supreme Court tackles Wisconsin's redistricting, the topic continues to be discussed at the Lincoln County Board. Earlier this year, the Lincoln County Board passed an advisory resolution requesting the state legislature explore a nonpartisan board to complete redistricting. That resolution was brought by Supervisor Hans Brietenmoser. Last night he updated the board on what other counties are doing with that same document. He says that 16 other counties have passed similar resolutions and he believed another half dozen others are considering it. Also at last night's meeting, the board voted 16-4 to prepare the resolution for the Wisconsin Counties Association annual convention. Of course, the redistricting process ultimately lies in the hands of the state legislature and that decision by the Supreme Court this fall. County Board June Recap It was a lengthy Lincoln County Board meeting last evening, with numerous resolutions and ordinances to vote upon. The meeting actually began with an update on the vacant district 4 supervisor seat. With no candidates showing interest, that was pushed to the next meeting. In one unanimous vote, the board appointed or re-appointed 14 individuals to various county and regional committees. Finance director Dan Leydet had nothing new to add on the year to date budget, and said his department is just getting in the preliminary 2018 budgets from department heads. He noted that there is still a lot of work to be done. Without much discussion, the board approved a resolution accepting and thanking the Biermann Family Foundation for a gift to the Sheriff's Office for an armored rescue vehicle with an 18-2 vote. Concerned over the continued arming of law enforcement and the current national atmosphere, Bill Zeitz opposed, echoed by Paul Gilk. The DoT did not approve a jurisdictional transfer request of an 0.8 mile stretch of County S to the City of Tomahawk. As a result the board rescinded a previous resolution proposing the transfer. A last minute resolution was added at the request of Price County to submit a project proposal for the County YY bridge which is shared by the two counties. A pair of staffing changes were made in social services including adding an additional social worker. Director Renee Krueger explained the necessity due to an increase of referrals. There were three votes on topics related to the sale of tax delinquent properties in the county. The first two amended the current county policy to 'modernize' the ordinance that was written more than 15 years ago. The third resolution was the longest discussion of the night. It was a request that the state legislature explore a policy which allows a delinquent land owner to reclaim their property up to three years following a sale. Loretta Baughan who introduced the resolution explained that loophole may discourage people from purchasing these properties. After discussions on the topic and potentially sending it back to committee, it was ultimately approved 19-1. The last three items involved zoning. The first two were described as housekeeping as the county updates their shore land and floodplain zoning to comply with state changes. The third involved a standard rezoning request for a property in the Town of Harding. Each was approved unanimously with minimal discussion.
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Assembly to Vote on Deer Baiting Ban Changes
Published on 06/21/2017 under News Among the items on a busy day for the state assembly in Madison is a bill that would relax deer baiting bans. We first told you about that legislation when it was in the senate earlier this month. It would impose a 3 year ban on baiting when a positive Chronic Wasting test is determined, with a 2 year ban for neighboring counties. Currently Oneida, Vilas and Forest Counties have a baiting ban from a 2015 test. The senate already passed the bill. With assembly approval it would head to the governor for his signature.
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Photo from Northwoods Man to be Featured in Great Lakes Calendar
Published on 06/21/2017 under News An Eagle River man will have his photograph featured in an upcoming Great Lakes Calendar. The DNR recently announced the winners of their 9th annual Great Lakes Photo contest. Overall, they said the contest received more than 250 entries in 6 featured categories. According to the announcement, Scott Pearson of Eagle River was a runner up in the Cultural and Historical Features category. His photo was of the Stewart J. Cort barge in Superior. As a result, his photo will appear as the featured picture for the month of December. In addition to the photos, the competition also included a poetry contest with submissions featured in the calendars. The DNR says calendars will be available at various Great Lakes events and at lake shore state parks, as well as regional DNR offices.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 06/20/2017 under News While investigating a separate matter, officers learned that a 53 year old male had been consuming alcohol, a violation of his probation. A positive test confirmed alcohol consumption and the man was taken into custody. On Friday evening, officers made contact with a 27 year old Tomahawk man who had an open bond through Marathon County. He was taken into custody as a result. A woman reported that her vehicle had been keyed while parked in a business parking lot. A man discovered that his vehicle, which had been parked for several weeks, had the window broken with a rock. He did not find anything appeared missing. A business reported a shoplifting complaint over the weekend. Items were located in the woman's purse, and returned to the store.
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