Tomahawk School Board Hosting Referendum Informational Meeting
Published on 03/03/2021 under News In just over a month, the Tomahawk School District will send another referendum to the voters. Coming up this evening, they're holding a community informational meeting. Last November, the district asked voters to approve a $3.5 million, four year operational referendum. With more than 6,000 ballots cast, the referendum was defeated by just 51 votes. In reviewing the November defeat, the School Board lowered their request by a quarter of a million each of the four years. They also made the determination that additional public outreach was needed. Last month the district sent out an informational newsletter which included information on district needs and the impact the referendum would have on property taxes. A second part of the outreach campaign will be community informational meetings, the first of two is scheduled this evening. The meetings will be an opportunity for voters to learn more about the referendum through a presentation, and a chance to ask questions. The meeting is scheduled for 6pm, either through in the school auditorium or attend virtually.
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Rhinelander Eyes Vruwink for City Administrator Vacancy
Published on 03/03/2021 under News The City of Rhinelander has narrowed their search for a new city administrator which could be approved as at a special meeting this evening. Yesterday, the city issued a statement saying they have successfully negotiated an employment contract with their top candidate, Zach Vruwink. Following the dismissal of former administrator Daniel Guild last year, Vruwink was brought in to serve as assistant to the mayor. That temporary role ended last month. Vruwink, himself, formerly served as mayor in Wisconsin Rapids for four terms (2012-2020). According to the release, Vruwink was one of three candidates interviewed and evaluated for the city administrator position. A conditional agreement was reached Monday. A special City Council meeting has been scheduled Wednesday to finalize the offer. Mayor Chris Frederickson said in the news release that he is anxious to get back to his role as mayor and refocusing on serving as an innovator and policy maker, leaving the day-to-day duties of administrator to Vruwink.
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Tomahawk Approves 2021 Spring Fling, Music on the River
Published on 03/03/2021 under News While dozens of community events were canceled last year due to covid, Tomahawk's summer could show a bit more normalcy in 2021. At their meeting Tuesday, the Tomahawk City Council approved special event applications for Music on the River and the Tomahawk Main Street Spring Fling and Wine Walk. Music on the River is scheduled for six Wednesdays between June 23 and July 28th. The Spring Fling is May 7-8th. Each application was approved with the understanding that the organizers would follow any covid safety measures in place at the time of their events. Outside of the additional coronavirus precautions, the events will be largely be the same as year's past. At their meeting last month, the Council approved Chamber applications for the July 3rd Arts and Crafts Fair, the Fall Ride Bon Fire and Brat Fry, and the Venison Feed. With precedent already set, the Council approved last night's applications for the Wine Walk and Music on the River unanimously and with minimal discussion. It was an otherwise routine night of meetings for the city of Tomahawk... At the Health and Safety Committee, members had a brief conversation on the ~$8,000 Rainy Day Fund for the Downtown Fall Ride. That fund had been passed from the Tavern League to the VFW as those groups organized the downtown events in years past. The VFW proposed the city manage the funds going forward. The Committee ultimately determined that funds should be managed by whichever non-profit is organizing the downtown Fall Ride events, currently Tomahawk Main Street. The Committee voted against taking over the fund, leaving it with the organizers. The Finance Committee approved acquiring a tax delinquent property on East Somo Avenue from the county. That vacant structure will likely be demolished and sold to get it back on the tax roll. Two other properties will likely appear on the agenda in April. The Council only had a few other action items, approving new alcohol and tobacco licenses for three gas station/convenience stores that have recently undergone ownership changes.
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Oneida County Fair Plans March 19 Telethon; Searching for “Talent”
Published on 03/03/2021 under News The Oneida County Fair is known for their unique traditions, and their creativity will be on display later this month for a fundraising telethon. Fair Organizer Thomas Barnett recently announced plans for the event scheduled for March 19th. He also put out a call for talent individuals interested in taking part, as they are looking for musicians, poets, artists, jugglers, dancers and comedians. Last summer organizers made the decision to postpone the fair, instead hosting a number of events on their social media. This year they're hoping to return to a traditional fair July 29th through August 1st. For those looking to take part in the fundraising telethon, you can reach out to Barnett at or 715-420-1001. (Contact information included in online version of the story)
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Lakeland Hockey Falls to Superior in State Semifinals
Published on 02/19/2021 under Sports The Lakeland boys hockey team fell to Superior in the Division 2 state hockey semifinals last night. The T-Birds, making their first appearance in the state tournament, hung with the perennial powerhouse Spartans throughout much of the game before ultimately falling 4-1. After Carter Kalin got Superior on the board with less than a minute left in the first period, Lakeland tied the game game at the 5:10 mark of the second period on a goal from Cody Olson. The Spartans re-took the lead a few minutes later on a Carson Gotelaere and clamped down on defense. The game remained 2-1 through much of the third period until Superior, in the closing minutes, added an insurance goal by Kell Piggott and an empty-netter by Mason Stenberg for a 4-1 final. Due to the pandemic, last night's game was played in Spooner rather than Madison. Saturday's state championship games will be played in Wisconsin Rapids this year. Superior will face defending champion Fond du Lac Springs in the D-2 Championship. In D-1, defending champion Verona will face Hudson. These two squads have combined to win 4 of the last 6 state titles.
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Hatchet Boys Basketball Teams Season Comes to an End
Published on 02/17/2021 under Sports On Tuesday night, the Tomahawk Hatchet Boys Basketball Team hosted Menomonie Indian School at the Fieldhouse in WIAA Regional action. The Eagles defeated the Hatchet 58-54 in an exciting game.  Payton Bunce led Tomahawk with 24 and Drew Bolder added 14 for the Hatchets. Tomahawk ends their season at 4-13 overall.
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Hatchet Wrestling Team Finishes Season at Sectionals
Published on 02/08/2021 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Wrestling Team had their season come to an end at the WIAA Sectional Meet at Seymour High School on Saturday. Tomahawk had nine qualifiers that competed, and Logan Bishop and Kade Wenninger both finished in third place to lead the way for Tomahawk.
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