Storms Raise Water Levels, Lead to Flooding Published on 05/19/2017 under News While the storms that hit Northern Wisconsin have moved on, they have left their mark on the Northwoods.

Aside from the high winds that downed trees and damaged buildings across the region, those storms also brought several inches of rain. Coupled with an already wet spring, it has left area streams, rivers and lakes at their full water marks or higher.

Several counties are reporting washed out roads, or locations with water standing over roads. There are also areas marked where the rain has washed away gravel shoulders of roadways.

As always, drivers should avoid driving through standing water on roadways where possible to avoid hydroplaning or damaged road sections.

Emergency Management teams are also monitoring for possible flooding of the Wisconsin and Rib Rivers as they crest in the next day.



In Other News

Unique Vietnam Memorial Exhibit with Photos Stopping in Tomahawk
Published on 07/21/2017 under News The Vietnam Memorial in Washington carries the names 1,161 Wisconsinites. Now a unique traveling display is putting faces to those names. It's all part of the Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name exhibit organized by Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. The display consists of 17 portable display banners. While the memorial in Washington features the names of the fallen, this display also features pictures of those individuals. It was a multi-year project that included students, teachers, media and many volunteers who reached out to friends and family to secure the photos. Wisconsin became the 5th state to find a picture of each individual. Eventually they will be part of a permanent education center being built in Washington. Throughout the month of July, the traveling exhibit has been passing through the Northwoods, already making stops in Rhinelander, Wabeno, and Antigo. It's scheduled to be in Tomahawk at the American Legion Lounge on Main Street. The display is scheduled to open at 9am.
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Local Water Ski Teams Compete in State Championships
Published on 07/21/2017 under News Most of the top water ski teams in the state are converging in Wisconsin Rapids this weekend. Lake Wazeecha and the Aquaskiers are once again hosting the Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championships. The competition is now in its 51st year. The skiing actually got underway last evening with the individual competition in adagio doubles, swivel, and freestyle and team jumping. The team competitions are scheduled to begin today and will continue through Sunday morning with 24 teams competing in 3 divisions. Of course, there are several local teams participating including our hometown Kwahamots. They are set to ski early this evening in Division 2. Also skiing today will be the Aqua Devils from Three Lakes and the Plum Ski-ters of Sayner. Among the teams hitting the water tomorrow are the Chain Skimmers from the Eagle River area. The teams get an hour to present their shows with a group of judges scoring the performance by awarding points in numerous categories including originality, presentation and execution. And this event will lead into the National Competition early next month. For the second time in recent years, the Kwahamots will host right here in Tomahawk.
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Oneida County Man in Custody after Several Hour Search
Published on 07/21/2017 under News A several hour law enforcement search in Oneida County resulted with one person in custody. At around 6:30 last evening, the 911 center received a call from an individual reporting that his friend drove his vehicle into the woods and started the vehicle on fire. This occurred off Highway 45 near Elcho. The caller went on to say he believed he heard gunshots. Upon arrival the Sheriff's Office says the fire was extinguished and the subject no longer at the scene. A several hour search ensued which included local responders and the Oneida County SWAT. Approximately 3 hours later, the Sheriff's Office indicated the man was taken into custody. Neither his name, nor potential charges were released. There were no indications of injuries.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 07/21/2017 under News Police assisted probation and parole in conducting an alcohol check Tuesday. The 60 year old, who had a no drink order, tested positive with a breathalyzer. A hold was placed and the man was cleared at the hospital and then brought to the Lincoln County Jail. An officer conducted a traffic stop Wednesday evening after observing a vehicle leaving its lane. A standard field sobriety test resulted in the 48 year old being arrested on 2nd offense OWI. The man was also cited for failure to install an ignition interlock device, possession of THC and operating while revoked.
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Merrill Schools Announce $250k Contribution to Scholarship Program
Published on 07/21/2017 under News The Merrill School District yesterday announced two former residents have made a quarter of a million dollar contribution to their scholarship program. Administrator John Sample says the $250,000 gift comes from Gerald and Charmaine Whitburn. He says this will provide a $10,000 scholarship to a graduating Merrill High senior heading to one of the University of Wisconsin's four-year campuses in each of the next 25 years. Whitburn, a Merrill native and retired CEO and Chairman of Church Mutual Insurance Company serves on the the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. He said, "Nothing is more important than education in today's world. Merrill has been very good to us, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to assist a local student who has financial need each year going forward to attain their academic dreams and goals." Sample closed by saying, "We are so appreciative of this generous opportunity the Whitburns have provided our students. They are truly paying it forward and allowing recipients of the Whitburn Scholarship access to lifelong success."
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Tomahawk Cubs Hosting Legion Regional
Published on 07/21/2017 under Sports Thursday's results from the American Legion Regional at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field at Pride Park. Wittenberg 1, Medford 0 Mosinee 4, Marion 1 Marathon 1, Tomahawk 0 Iola 6, Mosinee 5 Friday's schedule: Game one at 9:00 am features the Tomahawk Cubs taking on Medford. Game two at 11:30 am pits Wittenberg against Marathon. Three more games will follow at 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm, and 7:00 pm.
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Lincoln County Board Approves Highway Commissioner
Published on 07/20/2017 under News After a several month long search, Lincoln County has found a new Highway Commissioner. At their meeting on Tuesday evening the County Board of Supervisors approved John Hanz for the position. He'll be coming from Pepin County in Western Wisconsin where he has been serving a similar role. During a visit to our morning forum following the meeting, county board chair Bob Lee praised Hanz's loyalty, saying that he intends to wrap up the budget work for 2018 before leaving Pepin County. This new offer comes a few months after the Lincoln County Board approved another candidate. That man ultimately declined the position instead choosing to remain at his current job. The Lincoln County Highway Department had been operating under Jason Lemmer serving in an interim role since earlier this year. Speaking of the filling county vacancies, Lee also noted that the District 4 supervisor seat in Merrill remains vacant, and they are still seeking a candidate to fill the remainder of that term.
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Healthy People, Lincoln County Receives $5,000 Donation
Published on 07/20/2017 under News Lincoln County continues to benefit from the generosity of its residents and businesses, the latest beneficiary, a program aimed at citizen health. At the Lincoln County Board meeting Tuesday, the supervisors approved a resolution accepting and expressing gratitude to Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill and Ascension Health. That's because the provider contributed $5,000 to the Healthy People, Lincoln County program. According to the resolution, the money is earmarked for the implementation of a Community Health Improvement Plan. Chairman Bob Lee, during his Wednesday forum visit, noted that this program is necessary in the county and that it benefits Lincoln County residents from young people up to seniors. He went on to praise the generosity of the Northwoods in general, noting that it's "people taking care of people." Just last month the board accepted a donation from the Bierman Family Foundation going to the Sheriff's Office.
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Merrill Man Charged in Father's Death
Published on 07/20/2017 under News A year and a half after the death of a Merrill man, his son has now been charged in connection. According to Lincoln County Court records, 21 year old Tyler Monroe has been charged with 7 felonies including first degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. Back in January of 2016, 55 year old Kevin Monroe was found dead in his Merrill apartment. In the criminal complaint, it shows he had been stabbed 26 times. His son, Tyler, had been a person of interest, but was not immediately charged. Monroe, however, had been facing charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Earlier this year, that case continued after competency hearings. According to the court calendar, Monroe will be back in court on the newer charges on July 26 for a preliminary hearing.
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Rhinelander Food Pantry Surpasses 5 Million Pounds of Food
Published on 07/20/2017 under News The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, after 12 years of operation, recently reached a milestone level by surpassing distribution of over 5 million pounds of food. Rhinelander Area Food Pantry was established in 2005, they reached the milestone earlier this month. Guy Hansen, RAFP Executive Director, said reaching this mark is a bitter sweet accomplishment. On the one hand it demonstrates the generosity of the community to donate the food and money necessary to allow the reaching of this level. However, on the other hand it is sad to think that, just in this community alone, such a tremendous need still exists. Over the past few years, Hanson says they have been averaging approximately 600,000 pounds of food each year. The organization is planning on recognizing the accomplishment at their annual volunteer appreciation lunch being held later today.
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