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Recent Nicolet Graduate Earns Gold Medal at National Skills Competition
Published on 07/23/2024 under News A recent Nicolet graduate and future barber is bringing a gold medal back to the Northwoods. Axel Jacobs recently took part in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference where he earned top marks in the barbering competition. Skills USA is an event that allows students to showcase their abilities across a wide range of professional skills. In all there are more than 115 events from architecture to welding. As for Jacobs, the Mercer native graduated from Nicolet this summer, earning a technical diploma in Cosmetology. He scored a 96.4 out of 100 in the competition to earn gold. He called it "an incredible experience competing at the national level" He was also quick to praise the support of his family, instructors and his classmates at Nicolet. Jacobs earned a spot at nationals by winning the state competition. He was among 6,000 state champions who traveled to Atlanta to compete across the various categories. Instructor Marie Stott says, "We are proud of Axel and all our students who competed at SkillsUSA. Their dedication and hard work truly shine through in their accomplishments." By earning a top spot at Nationals, Jacobs is also eligible to compete in the 2026 WorldSkills Competition. That will be held in Shanghai, China. -Photo provided by Nicolet College-
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Fire at Arbor Vitae Storage Building Causes ~$400,000 in Damages
Published on 07/23/2024 under News A storage building in Vilas County went up in flames over the weekend causing nearly a half million dollars in damages. According to Arbor Vitae Fire and Rescue, crews were initially paged to a structure fire on Kern Lane at shortly before 7pm Sunday evening. They found an approximately 40' by 80', steel storage building, fully involved, along with several vehicles near the building. Responders also reported hearing several small explosions. Crews were eventually able to get the fire under control. Initial damage is estimated about $400,000. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported. An immediate cause of fire was not provided, and the State Fire Marshall is assisting local officials in their investigation. Traffic on Highway 51 was reduced for approximately 4 hours during and following the response. Due to the nature of the fire, nine additional departments provided mutual aid. Assistant chief Mike Sipin also thanked Bad Bones BBQ which provided food for the responders on the scene.
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Howard Young Foundation Purchases New LEEP Machine for Aspirus Woodruff Clinic
Published on 07/23/2024 under News Aspirus Woodruff Clinic recently introduced a state-of-the-art machine that is expected to improve women's health care. That equipment is known as LEEP, which stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. Dr. Joelle Wennlund is a gynecologist at Aspirus Woodruff Clinic. She called the new LEEP machine a valuable technology to have at their facility in Woodruff, and a key tool in helping prevent cervical cancer. The new LEEP machine was purchased via the Howard Young Foundation. It's primarily used to diagnose and treat precancerous changes in the cervix. They described the benefits including: precision, effectiveness, minimal discomfort, and a quick recovery. Wennlund explained that prior to having the LEEP machine on campus, they had to arrange an appointment with another facility, and attempt to fit in into schedules. That typically meant the patient had to travel south, and some northern patients had to travel several hours to get the procedure done. Wennlund noted that the new machine actually takes longer to set up than to complete the procedure.-Photo provided by Aspirus-
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Minocqua Man Facing Multiple Charges after OWI Stop in Lincoln County
Published on 07/23/2024 under News A Minocqua man is facing multiple charges following an OWI stop in Lincoln County this past week. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Report, deputies were initially notified of a possible disturbance on Highway 86. The driver, a 44 year old man, allegedly left the location, while his daughter remained behind. A short time later, dispatch received another call about a vehicle matching the description enter the ditch and then continue back on Highway 86. They were able to locate the vehicle and take the man into custody. According to the report, the man became aggressive and made several threats towards the deputy during transport. The report also indicates the man attempted to grab a deputy while she was adjusting the man's handcuffs. The man was medically cleared and then booked into the jail on multiple offenses including OWI with a passenger under 16, resisting or battery to law enforcement and criminal damage to property. The man's name was not immediately released in the report.
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WJJQ Sports Talk Now on 97.7FM and 810AM
Published on 07/23/2024 under News A quick update for listeners of our sports talk radio channel on our sister station. As of Monday, the frequency has changed on our FM signal.  Listeners can now tune in to 97.7FM for sports talk. The change will not affect our AM station which remains at 810AM. The change was needed due to a nearby frequency being utilized. We continue to carry Infinity Sports Network, formerly CBS Sports; Bill Michaels for Wisconsin-focused discussions, and occasionally some local sports. So once again, as of Monday evening WJJQ Sports Talk can be found on 97.7FM and remains on 810AM.
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Results from the 2024 Tomahawk Powwow Days 10k, 5k, and Fun Run
Published on 07/05/2024 under Sports Results from the 2024 Tomahawk Powwow Days 10k, 5k, and Fun Run Top 10K Finishers:1st - Logan Higgins, Karen Swanson 2nd - Axel Treinen, Josie Brown Top 5K Finishers: 1st - Dan Machmueller, Marie Peterson 2nd - Steven Hebert, Natalie Johnson 1-Mile Fun Run Finishers Boys 1st - Parker Olsen, Emma Kieffer Boys 2nd - Jonas Eloranta, Hannah Kieffer Most Patriotic Winners 1st - Tina Murray 2nd - Rachel Hawkins 3rd - Rory Gundlach
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Tomahawk Golfers Receive Academic All-State Honors
Published on 06/11/2024 under Sports The Golf Coaches' Assocation of Wisconsin released their Academic All-State Awards list and Tomahawk was well-represented. The criteria to qualify for the Academic All-State team includes a GPA of 3.25 or higher, competed in 75% of the team's varsity meets, and must be at least a sophomore. Four Hatchet golfers were given Academic All-State honors, who are Sawyer Hanna, Carson Childers, Austin Lamer, and Caiden Reichelt. The four are among over 400 students from 137 high schools in Wisconsin.
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Hatchet State Track & Field Recap
Published on 06/03/2024 under Sports Alicia Voermans, Halle Derleth, Faith Derleth, and Elise Gibeault all competed at the WIAA Division 2 State Track and Field Meet at the Universtiy of Wisconsin-La Crosse over the weekend. The ladies made it all the way to the Finals, finishing eighth overall in the 4x200 meter relay. In the preliminaries, the ladies finished seventh and breaking the school record with a time of 1:46.05. In the finals, they finished with a time of 1:46.76. Gibeault also made it to the Finals in the 400 meter dash.  Gibeault took ninth in the preliminaries and tenth overall.
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Tomahawk Track Qualify Two Events to State
Published on 05/24/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's track and field squads competed in the WIAA Division 2 Sectional Meet at Colby Thursday evening. The Hatchets will represent two events at the State Track Meet next weekend. The Hatchet girls' 4x200 meter relay team of Halle Derleth, Faith Derleth, Alicia Voermans, and Elise Gibeault placed first with a time of 1:46.45, a full second clear of Hayward.  Gibeault also will represent Tomahawk in the 400 meter dash, placing third in her sectional with a time of 58.77 seconds.  Even though Ayla McCormick didn't qualify, she broke her own school record for her throw in discus with 124'2". The Hatchet boys' top event came in the 4x400 meter relay. Tomahawk placed 11th with a time of 3:46.45.  Gibeault, Voermans, and both Derleths will compete in the WIAA Division 2 State Meet at UW-La Crosse next weekend.
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