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Investigation into Park Falls Homicide
Published on 04/15/2024 under News One person is dead following a shooting in Price County over the weekend. That incident happened Saturday afternoon in Park Falls. According to a news release, officers with the Park Falls Police Department responded to a report of shots being fired in the 600 block of 2nd Avenue North. Upon arrival they found an individual dead of multiple gun shot wounds. The release only states the victim to be an adult; with no other identification provided. The release states that a suspect was taken into custody and a handgun was recovered at the scene. No information on the suspect was given. The Park Falls Police Department says there is no danger to the public. The Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation will be leading the investigation, and will provide their findings to the Price County District Attorney.
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Busy Wildfire Season, Conditions Remain Elevated Monday
Published on 04/15/2024 under News Firefighters were kept busy over the weekend with more than 50 wildfires around the state. That threat remains elevated on Monday. A combination of wind, low humidity and relatively dry vegetation led to those conditions. In anticipation, fire departments were on alert, and the DNR re-positioned some of their resources to best cover areas of concern. Nearly the entire state was at elevated risk. According to the the DNR, Saturday saw 37 wildfires which burned over 300 acres, the most active day of the year. Then on Sunday there were another 14 wildfires which burned nearly 40 acres. Here in the Northwoods, crews responded to wildfires in Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln and Taylor Counties which each burned less than a half acre. A Saturday fire in Langlade County did burn about 13 acres. People are encouraged to monitor conditions and take appropriate steps to limit activities which can lead to wildfire. Debris burning is a leading cause, though other activities can also cause a spark.
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Nicolet Foundation Awarding ~$240,000 in Scholarships for Upcoming Year
Published on 04/15/2024 under News Over the years, the Nicolet College Foundation has helped thousands of students pay for college. This spring is no different, as they'll be providing nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The foundation announced that latest scholarship recipients are being notified. In all, 242 scholarships are being awarded totaling nearly $240,000. The application period took place back in February. Heather Schallock, vice president of community engagement and executive director of the Nicolet College Foundation says, "Scholarships made available through the Nicolet College Foundation have supported countless students over the years. Our goal is to continue providing opportunities for current and future students to achieve their academic and personal dreams." The Foundation Scholarship program is only possible thanks to the generous donor support such as their 'A Day for Nicolet' fall fundraising campaign. Among the previous scholarship recipients is nursing student Lena Symonds. She also serves as the Foundation Student Ambassador. Symonds says, "My gratitude extends beyond just the financial aspect but also for the community support." They did note that the the scholarships do have an acceptance deadline and encouraged recipients to do so promptly. The next scholarship application period will be in September.
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Tomahawk School District Encourages Family Participation in Annual Survey
Published on 04/15/2024 under News The Tomahawk School District is seeking input from student families by way of an annual survey. District Administrator Wendell Quesinberry covered the topic during his monthly visit to WJJQ this past week. The spring questionnaire is distributed to students, staff members, and families of students in the district. The district works with the specialized firm 'School Perceptions' to offer the questions and collect and present the data. That information is then used by the district to help guide strategic planning and other decisions for the district. A similar survey went out last spring. Quesinberry noted they received a good data set from both staff and students, but wanted to see the family participation increase. Last year, it was about 20% participation, this year they are hoping to reach the 50% mark. Quesinberry says the survey will take about 5-10 minutes to complete and those few minutes provide valuable information to the district. It should have been delivered to families this past week via email. The survey period runs through April 22.
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'Scouting for Food' Boy Scout Collection Effort
Published on 04/15/2024 under News Local Boy Scouts are bringing back their annual spring food collection, known as Scouting for Food. That includes the Tomahawk area Troop 548 who offered up a little information on the effort. The Scouts will focus on specific neighborhoods and will leave the instructions on the doors of those homes. They'll return next weekend to collect non-perishable food items. While the Scouts are making it easier for people to participate by taking the collection door to door; it also provides the scouts with an awareness of food insecurity as well as ways to get involved in the community. This is part of a larger effort across the entire Samoset Council which serves scouts across the Northwoods. They're hoping to collect over 50,000 pounds of food this week. The Scouts will be back out next Saturday. Motorists are encouraged to be on the lookout for the kids next weekend. We'll offer another reminder later this week.
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Hatchet Baseball Team Wins in Extra Innings
Published on 04/12/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's baseball team needed a little extra work, but came away with their first win of their season and their first Great Northern Conference win in two years with a 2-0, nine-inning victory over Northland Pines in Eagle River Thursday night.  The Hatchets were in a scoreless deadlock with the Eagles through eight innings until RBI singles from Brayden Larson and Ethan Ihn knocked in the only two runs of the game. Brody Rigney and Monty Framke combined to pitch a four-hit shutout. Framke also had four of Tomahawk's nine hits on the day.  The Hatchets improve their record to 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in Great Northern Conference play.  Tomahawk will resume Great Northern Conference play Monday with a showdown at Tyler Kahle Field against Medford.
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Hatchet Golf Team Wins Triangular
Published on 04/10/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's golf squad opened up their season placing first in their triangular at Inshalla Country Club Tuesday afternoon.  The Hatchets finished seven strokes ahead of Prentice and eight ahead of Three Lakes. Austin Lamer finished as a tie for the meet medalist with Prentice's Matti Heikkinen. Sawyer Hanna finished third overall with a 41.  The Hatchets will be back in action at the Barron Invite next week.
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Tomahawk Baseball Team Loses to Northland Pines
Published on 04/10/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's baseball squad suffered a tough loss at the hands of the Northland Pines Eagles at Tyler Kahle Field Tuesday night, 5-4.  The Hatchets came back from down 2-0 to take a 4-2 lead heading into the sixth, but a three-run inning from the Eagles put them ahead for good, including a go-ahead two-out single by Pines' Jason Linn.  Brayden Larson pitched 5.2 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits. He also went two for three at the plate. Drew Tollefson went one for three with a two-run single in the fifth.  The Hatchets' record drops to 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in Great Northern Conference play. The two teams will meet for the second time Thursday at Eagle River.
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Hatchet Softball Team Loses GNC Opener
Published on 04/10/2024 under Sports The Hatchet softball squad opened Great Northern Conference play on a whimper Tuesday afternoon, losing to reigning GNC Champion Medford, 9-3.  Tomahawk was unable to overcome a ten-hit performance from the Raiders, who got two doubles from Zayleah Leonhardt.  Macy Jankiewicz went two for four in the game with a double and three RBIs. Kayleigh Haring allowed seven runs on eight hits, dropping the Hatchets to 3-2 on the season and 0-1 in Great Northern Conference play.  Tomahawk will be back in action Friday for another Great Northern Conference battle against Mosinee. Tune in for the broadcast on Sports Talk 810 AM and 100.7 FM WJJQ with Matt Theiler and I in the broadcast booth. The Fehrman Orthodontics Radio Pregame Show will begin at 3:35 and opening pitch from Hatchet Field is at 4:00.
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