Be sure to mark your calendar for the 38th Annual WJJQ Home, Sport, and Travel Show, with Health Expo, April 15th and 16th at the Tomahawk School Complex.

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YMCA of Northwoods Shares Plans for Park Falls Facility
Published on 03/31/2023 under News Downtown Park Falls is undergoing a bit of a makeover, which involves the YMCA of the Northwoods. This week the Y shared some additional details on those plans. As we covered earlier this month, the Park Falls City Council approved a plan to move the City Hall services to their public library building. On Tuesday, the Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Northwoods unanimously approved a letter of intent to purchase Park Falls City Hall building as the future site for the new YMCA branch. In the announcement, the YMCA says the coming facility will re-purpose, re-imagine, and expand the existing building on the site. Plans include a childcare center, a gymnasium, a wellness center, and space for seniors and families. Conceptual and schematic drawings for the facility are currently underway. Allie Plessner is co-chair of the YMCA steering committee. She says, "We're delighted to move forward with a location in the heart of the City of Park Falls." Her co-chair Paul Rybak added, "We look forward to reinventing a well-known building in town for an exciting new purpose." YMCA of the Northwoods Interim CEO Fred Hauser. "Seeing partners come together to build momentum for this project has been special to watch. The progress behind the Park Falls YMCA is already a success, one that will only intensify once the facility is open to the public." As for the timeline,construction on the new facility is tentatively planned to begin in fall 2023 once the city clears out of the building this summer. The YMCA of the Northwoods hopes to complete their project by December 2024.
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Northwoods Unemployment Estimates for February
Published on 03/31/2023 under News Local unemployment figures were a mixed bag last month, mirroring a statewide trend. With the calendar about to flip to April, the Department of Workforce Development looked back by releasing the February unemployment estimates. According to those preliminary figures, the state saw unemployment rates decrease or stay the same in 31 of the state's 72 counties month over month. Here in Lincoln County, the unemployment estimate was unchanged from January to February, staying at 3 percent even. The Oneida County estimate ticked up slightly from 3.7 percent in January to 3.9 percent in February. Vilas County went the other direction, falling from 4.1% to 4%. All three Northwoods counties were improved when compared to February of last year, Lincoln County showing the biggest improvement falling from 3.7% to 3%. In fact, statewide, the rates fell or stayed the same in 68 of 72 counties when compared to last year.
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Oneida County Fair Streaming Telethon on Saturday
Published on 03/31/2023 under News The Oneida County Fair is known for thinking a little outside the box, and they'll be doing so once again this weekend. Coming up on Saturday, organizers will bring back their annual telethon, now in it's third year. The goal is raise money for the fair operations, while also showcasing the many talented community members here in the Northwoods. Past performers have included speakers, magicians, artists and speakers. The 12 hour event will feature a mix of live and recorded entertainment. Organizers also teased that they will be sprinkling in announcements about this year's Fair as well. The event will once again be streamed on the Oneida County Fair Facebook Page. They'll be broadcasting from Tom's Drawing Board. As for this year's fair, it's scheduled for the July 27th through July 30th.
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Rhinelander Ice Arena Hosting Learn to Curl Lessons April 16
Published on 03/31/2023 under News Every four years, coinciding with the Olympics, the sport of curling takes the country by storm. Coming up next month, some curling experts will be in the Northwoods, introducing the game to the Rhinelander community. The Rhinelander Ice Arena will be hosting a pair of 'Learn to Curl' sessions on Sunday, April 16. According to organizer Terri Gleason, the instructors will be going over the history of the game, techniques, strategy, and etiquette. If your vocabulary doesn't include phrases like skip, hack, house, and hammer Gleason says, "Don't worry, all these special curling terms will also be taught..." The hands on lessons are open to all ages and abilities, and they've got an impressive stable of volunteer instructors. Gleason notes they have more than 100 years of combined curling experience, including at the club, national, and even world level. That will include Matt Thums of Wausau who is captain of the U.S. Wheelchair Curling Team. Registration is now open with the cost of $10. We'll include a link in the online version of the story.
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June Trial Scheduled for Tomahawk Man Facing Sexual Assault Charges
Published on 03/31/2023 under News A summer trial has been scheduled for a Tomahawk man facing charges related to an investigation into child sexual assault. Glenn Wagner was back in Lincoln County Court on Thursday for a hearing. The 93 year old is facing four felony charges including sexual assault of a child under the age of 13; repeated sexual assault; exposing genitals to a child; and child enticement. At yesterday's hearing, he exercised his right to request a speedy trial. According to the court calendar, Judge Robert Russell scheduled the trial to begin June 26 with five days set aside for the case. Wagner was arrested earlier this month, following an investigation by Tomahawk Police.
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Tomahawk Hockey Association's PeeWee A Team Finishes Second at State
Published on 03/13/2023 under Sports The Tomahawk Hockey Association PeeWee A team competed in the 3A WAHA Championships over the weekend at Bay Area Civic Center in Ashland. Tomahawk opened play with an 8-2 win over Beaver Dam.  Then in the semi-finals, Tomahawk defeated Somerset 6-3 to advance to the championship game. In the title game, Tomahawk lost to Sauk Prairie by a final of 6-3.  Tomahawk finishes in second place.
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Tomahawk PeeWee A & B Teams Will Compete in WAHA State Tournaments
Published on 03/06/2023 under Sports The Tomahawk Hockey Association PeeWee A and PeeWee B Teams will compete in their respective WAHA State Tournaments this weekend. The PeeWee A's will play in the 3A tourney hosted by Ashland at the Bay Area Civic Center.  Tomahawk is the #3 seed and will play Beaver Dam at 9:30 am Saturday morning.  The winner will advance to the semi-final game at 3:30 pm against Somerset or Amery.  The 7th, 5th, 3rd and championship games are on Sunday at 8:00 am, 9:45 am, 11:30 am and 1:15 pm. The PeeWee B's will play at Waupaca Expo Center in the WAHA 3B Championships.  Tomahawk will take on Waupaca Saturday morning at 8:00 am.  The bottom half of the bracket has Sauk Prairie playing Blackhawk.  The winners will play at 3:30 pm, while the losers play at 2:00 pm.  The 7th, 5th, 3rd and championship games are on Sunday at 8:00 am, 9:45 am, 11:30 am and 1:15 pm.
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Tomahawk Bantams Win WAHA State Championship
Published on 03/06/2023 under Sports The Tomahawk Bantam Hockey Team won the 3A WAHA State Championship on Sunday, defeating Somerset 6-3 in the championship game. Tomahawk advanced to the title game with wins on Saturday, defeating Waupaca 14-1 and Waupun 8-2. Tomahawk's Bantams finish their season with a 30-3 record and also finished ranked 16th in the state. Since 2018, this is the ninth WAHA State Championship for the Tomahawk Hockey Association. This weekend, the Tomahawk PeeWee A and PeeWee B teams will compete in their WAHA State Championship Tournaments.
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Tomahawk Bantam Team Advances to WAHA State Tourney
Published on 02/27/2023 under Sports The Tomahawk Hockey Association Bantam Team has advanced to the WAHA 3A State Hockey Championships on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5 at Reedsburg Area Community Arena. Tomahawk is the top seed in the eight team tournament and will open play against Waupaca on Saturday at 11:30 am.  The winner will play the winner of the Sauk Prairie / Waupun game.  That semi-final match-up is at 8:15 pm Saturday night. The top half of the bracket has Ashland against Black River Falls and Somerset against Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells. The consolation, fifth, third and championship games will be played on Sunday at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, Noon and 2:00 pm.
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