Positive West Nile Tests for Birds in 8 Counties Published on 06/16/2017 under News The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports 12 birds found in eight counties in the state have tested positive for West Nile virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

Karen McKeown, Wisconsin State Health Officer of the DHS Division of Public Health, "The positive birds mean that Wisconsin residents need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites."

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

The majority of people (80 percent) who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Nearly all those who do become ill, usually experience mild symptoms.



In Other News

Van Strydonk Places Second in World Snowmobile Championship
Published on 01/22/2018 under News While he wasn't able to defend his world title, Tomahawk's Nick Van Strydonk was able to score a runner up finish in yesterday's Derby Championship in Eagle River. While he ran much of the race just off the podium, Van Strydonk was able to use a late restart to move up and finish in second place in yesterday's Championship final. Blaine Stephenson of Minnesota, also used that restart to take over the lead and claim his first world title. The hard luck losers following the chaotic finish were Cardell Potter and Colt Dellandrea. Between the two, they lead the first 28 laps of the 30 lap race. It was Potter who lost control on the white flag lap. A second crash during the green/white/checker finish lead to the race ending with caution flags out. Tomahawk's Beau Van Strydonk, who was one of the final qualifiers, placed in 11th for the race. You can follow the Van Strydonks this racing season at https://www.facebook.com/tandnracing/
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Troopers Recover 290lbs Marjiuana, Two Northwoods Individual in Custody
Published on 01/22/2018 under News Two Northwoods individuals were taken into custody on drug charges following a brief pursuit in western Wisconsin. According to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, the incident happened late last week in Trempealeau County. The state patrol attempted to stop the two vehicles, when they both sped off. One vehicle stopped a short time later, while the other lead officers on a 30 mile chase. The first driver is identified as Joel Helding, 32, of Tomahawk, the second 25 year old Valerie Flores of Wausau. The release says troopers recovered 290 pounds of marijuana, 3 firearms and two stun guns. Both individuals are being held in Trempealeau County jail awaiting formal charges.
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DNR Increasing Snowmobile Patrols in Northern Wisconsin
Published on 01/22/2018 under News Snowmobilers will see more DNR conservation wardens on the northern Wisconsin trails this month promoting safe, sober and smart driving following a rash of serious injury and fatal snowmobile accidents. Lt. Dave Walz is stationed in Woodruff. He says "One death is too many in any snowmobile season - and so far Wisconsin has had five fatalities and as many injuries." Of the planned patrols Walz says, "Our goal is to educate and focus on the common cause of crashes; speed and alcohol. Stressing safety tips to keep everyone of all ages out on the trails happy and having fun." Walz says speed and being under the influence of intoxicants have been factors in the serious crashes in the early season. "These are the two leading causes of snowmobile accidents and will be the priority of our increase patrols. Long term data shows that seven of 10 snowmobile fatalities involved alcohol." It's also International Snowmobile Safety Week, and we'll have more on that in the coming days.
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Man Arrested on Drug Charges Following Vehicle Crash
Published on 01/22/2018 under News A Shawano County man was arrested on a number of charges following a single vehicle accident in Lincoln County last week. The Sheriff's Office says they were tending to a vehicle in the ditch Thursday afternoon. The K9 indicated drugs in the vehicle, and the deputy recovered methamphetamine. The 37 year old driver was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of felony bail jumping along with resisting / obstructing an officer. His name has not been released.
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Report
Published on 01/22/2018 under News The Town of Russell Fire Department along with deputies responded last Saturday for a report of a possible structure fire. Heavy smoke was coming from the chimney of an unoccupied home on Town Hall Rd in the Town of Russell as a result of a chimney fire. No damage occurred as a result of the fire. A propane truck rolled over on Tuesday afternoon in the Town of Bradley on Tannery Rd at Red Pine Rd at 2:15 PM. It took until after 5:00 PM for the vehicle to be up-righted and removed. Last Thursday a 25 year old Merrill man was injured after the commercial vehicle he was driving rolled over on US Hwy 8 outside of Tripoli. That crash was reported just before 8:30 AM. The driver was transported to Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital, Tomahawk Firefighters assisted deputies on the scene for about an hour as traffic was restricted on the highway. A 43 year old Lac Du Flambeau woman was arrested Friday morning on a warrant charge. A deputy checked on a disabled vehicle on US Hwy 51 near US Hwy 8. When a check was done on the passenger it was found she was wanted by the Rothschild Police Department for contempt of court. A man was arrested over the weekend after his snowmobile fell off the trailer during transport. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was called to Highway 51 near County K on Saturday evening for a sled in the roadway. As deputies were on the scene, the owner arrived back on the scene.  Deputies noted the man showed signs of impairment and was taken into custody. He'll be cited for operating while intoxicated. A 49 year old Tomahawk man was taken into custody late Saturday evening after a traffic stop in the Town of Bradley. A deputy stopped the man on County Rd E near West Kraft Rd after he observed him crossing the center line. The man was cited for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. An 18 year old Tomahawk man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a disturbance was reported in the Town of Bradley. Deputies responded to the home after 1:00 PM. The man was arrested on charge of disorderly conduct. The number of car deer crashes remains high with twelve being reported this past week. A Rhinelander man struck a coyote last Saturday evening on US Hwy 51 just north of County Rd C. Deputies investigated over thirty crashes and almost three dozen slide offs during and after the last two snow events.
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Tomahawk Hockey Team Wins Non-Conference Game
Published on 01/19/2018 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Boys Hockey Team defeated Chequamegon 8-2 on Thursday night in non-conference action at Sara Park. Tomahawk scored early in the first period, with Hunter Jones scoring on an assist from Kole Woodall.  Team SEal would score twice in the second and lead 2-1. The lead remained at 2-1 after the second period of play. Tomahawk then scored seven unanswered goals in the third, with Cody Scholz scoring a hat trick.  Max Bembinster added two goals, with Taran Ellenbecker and Jordan Tomaszewski also scoring for the Hatchets.  Aaron Evans had three assists and Jerret Flynn added two assists. Tomahawk travels to Lakeland on Tuesday, with the opening faceoff at 7:00 pm.
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Derby Weekend; Tomahawk's Van Strydonk Looks to Defend World
Published on 01/19/2018 under News Snowmobile riders, racers, fans and enthusiasts are converging in the Northwoods this week, as a world champion is crowned. It's now been 55 years since the first race of what has now become the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River. Throughout the week, organizers say around 40,000 attend the various derby events which picked back up following last weekend's successful Vintage Derby. Of course, Northwoods eyes will be on the defending champion Nick Van Strydonk of Tomahawk. Last year, Nick scored his second title overall. We had Nick on our morning forum in late December,to preview the season and talk about a promotion to win a custom racing suit while raising money for veterans. The races will be streamed online at speed51.com, with the World Championship coming up Sunday afternoon.
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Nicolet College Welcomes Acoustic Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto
Published on 01/19/2018 under News A world renown musician will bring his guitar to the Northwoods for a concert this evening. Nicolet College will welcome Hiroya Tsukamoto. The Japanese born performer blends a number of styles that were shaped by his young life. That includes sounds from his native Japan. Tsukamoto also participated in an exchange program in Mexico growing up, where he first learned guitar with a Latin influence. He also picked up some American folk experience attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has released several albums with not only multiple musical styles, but also vocal work in multiple languages. Tsukamoto has performed on stage around the world and says he appreciates smaller venues because of their effect on his music. "The acoustic guitar is a very intimate instrument so I can amplify the sound depending on what effect I want to convey." That concert will be at Nicolet Theatre on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm.
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Merrill School Forest to Host Winter Family Fun Day
Published on 01/19/2018 under News There's no shortage of winter activities here in Wisconsin, and the Merrill School District is going to offer up a chance to experience a number of them tomorrow. They'll be hosting their Merrill School Forest Family Fun Day tomorrow morning and afternoon. The organizers say it's a chance to enjoy the great outdoors and try different winter activities. That includes cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. But the organizers will also have a number of educational opportunities highlighted by some historic logging demonstrations. That includes work with live horses pulling logging equipment. They'll also provide tours of the animal museum, the logging history museum and the Cordwood Education Center. If you'd like to attend, they'll be at the Merrill School Forest on Highway 107 from 10am-3pm.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 01/19/2018 under News Officers responded to a two vehicle accident with no injuries reported. The driver of the vehicle, a 50 year old Tomahawk woman was cited for operating after suspension. The vehicle owner will be mailed a citation for lack of insurance on the vehicle. On Monday morning a vehicle owner reported damage to her car which occurred while it was parked on South Tomahawk Avenue. It appeared as though the damage came from a plow, possibly from an adjacent property owner. A woman reported that her tires had been slashed overnight Monday. She first thought it was a flat, then discovered the damage. Officers are following up with potential suspects. Officers responded to a single vehicle rollover on Freedom Trail off County Road A Tuesday evening. The teen driver was not injured, and the vehicle required assistance in removing it.
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