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Tomahawk Street Department Completing Emergency Work at 4-Way Stop
Published on 06/20/2024 under News Crews are asking drivers in Tomahawk to avoid the 'four way stop' on Thursday morning. We heard from the Public Works Department a bit earlier today about some emergency work that came up on a manhole at the intersection of North Fourth Street and Somo Avenue. While the road will be open during this temporary work, the intersection is likely to be congested, and there may be some delays. They encouraged people to avoid that intersection this morning. They hope to have the work completed by early afternoon.
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Tomahawk Music on the River Kicks Off with Ember; WJJQ Community Cook Out
Published on 06/19/2024 under News Music on the River returns to the Tomahawk Community with seven consecutive weeks of live music in Veterans Memorial Park. The summer staple kicks off tonight with dinner and a show. The summer concert series is back for year number seventeen. For those unfamiliar, the bands all perform along the scenic shores of the Wisconsin River where music lovers not only enjoy the performance on land, but occasionally by boat. We've even seen band members occasionally climb aboard to play on pontoon. We previewed full line up earlier this spring. For tonight's season kick-off, Ember will take to the pavilion. The award winning, five-piece band from Western Wisconsin plays a fun blend of rock and country. Their summer tour includes stops at Country Fest as well as the Hodag. It's also a return to Music on the River for the band, where they've played on multiple occasions. In addition to a return of Music on the River, tonight also marks the return of the WJJQ Community Cookout. Our staff will be joined by other community members in serving up brats, hot dogs, chips and refreshments. Serving gets underway at 4:30 with music to begin at 6pm, all at Memorial Park here in Tomahawk. (Stay tuned to WJJQ, for any weather-related changes)
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Three Injured in Motorcycle/Vehicle Crash Near Merrill
Published on 06/19/2024 under News Three people were injured in a two vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a van in Lincoln County. The Sheriff's Office provided some additional details. The crash happened Tuesday at shortly after noon. Responders were paged to the intersection of County K and County Q in the Town of Scott. According to the preliminary investigation, the van was attempting to turn left onto County K heading south. An oncoming, northbound motorcycle was unable to stop, striking the driver side of the van. According to the Sheriff's Office, the motorcycle operator and his passenger were initially transported to Aspirus Wausau hospital. Based on injuries, he was airlifted to UW-Madison Hospital for further treatment. The motorcycle occupants are a 55 year old man and 47 year old woman from McAlester, Oklahoma. The driver of the van, an 88 year old Merrill woman, was also transported to a local hospital. No further update on the conditions of the involved parties was available. The intersection was closed for approximately two hours. The crash remains under investigation.
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Closing on Sale of Pine Crest Nursing Home Extended Delayed by Three Months
Published on 06/19/2024 under News The closing date for the sale of Pine Crest Nursing Home has been extended by three months. Back in February, the Lincoln County Board agreed to sell the county-owned, skilled nursing facility in Merrill. The purchase agreement was expected to be finalized by June 30. As that date approaches, both parties requested that date be moved out. The recommendation came from the Administrative and Legislative Committee which discussed the topic in closed session at a meeting earlier this month. Beyond the complexities of such a large sale, few details have been provided into the reasons for the extension. That was a point not only raised during the public comment portion of Tuesday's meeting, but also by several supervisors that weren't involved in the closed session A&L meeting. The extension was originally request for August 31, though amended to September 30. There were several reasons for the additional month: closing the sale on a quarterly end date; the Labor Day holiday ending August; and allowing enough time to avoid a future extension request. During discussion, several supervisors questioned the financial impacts of the county maintaining ownership for three addition months. It was clarified that the 2024 budget was crafted before the sale approval. It included funding Pine Crest for the entire year. Ultimately, the supervisor passed the extension with 16 supervisors voting in favor of the resolution.
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Lincoln County Board Requests State Include Paved Shoulder on Potential Hwy 107 Resurfacing Project
Published on 06/19/2024 under News The state is planning a repaving project on Highway 107 in Lincoln County, tentatively for the year 2026. The Lincoln County Board would like to see that work include additional improvements to make it more friendly for bicycles and other non-motorized recreation. At their meeting Tuesday, the supervisors approved a resolution requesting the state DoT fund and pave the shoulders of the 13.6 mile stretch of road between Wilderness Drive in Merrill and County S near Tomahawk. The resolution highlights both the Wisconsin Trails Network Plan and the Wisconsin Bicycle Transportation Plan, which support these types of efforts. In the resolution, Highway 107 was highlighted as 'a scenic winding roadway along the Wisconsin River enjoyed by vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.' A paved shoulder would increase safety for all travelers on that stretch, by providing separation between motorized and non-motorized travelers. This request can be seen as part of a larger effort to connect Northwoods communities via a network of dedicated trails and shared routes. The county is simultaneously supporting an effort that would connect the Wausau and Merrill communities. It also further reinforces a recent effort by the supervisors to expand and promote tourism and recreation opportunities in the County. This has included an investment in local trails, parks, campgrounds and boat landings. After a brief explanation, supervisors approved the resolution which will be forwarded to state officials including Governor Evers, the Department of Transportation, Senator Mary Felzkowski, and Rep. Calvin Callahan.
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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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Hatchet Softball Season Ends in Peshtigo
Published on 05/24/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's softball squad had their season end in the WIAA Division 3 Regional Final at Peshtigo Thursday afternoon, losing 9-1. After a 40-minute rain delay pushed the game back, the Hatchets mustered their only run on an RBI groundout by Scout Stromberg. Tomahawk's pitching was miles different from the dominant performance at Weyauwega-Fremont Wednesday. Three Hatchet pitchers surrendered 12 walks to Peshtigo batters, including six in a six-run fifth inning. Sammy Gebauer went two for three with two singles and a run scored.  Tomahawk finishes 2024 with a 13-15 record and a 4-8 record in Great Northern Conference play. The Hatchets graduate nine seniors, who are Sammy Gebauer, Macy Jankiewicz, Scout Stromberg, Kayleigh Haring, Bella Marino, Khianna Vacho, Emerson Lange, Maddy Baumann, and Abby Kallerud.
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