85 Tomahawk High School Students to Graduate Friday
Published on 05/24/2019 under News Another group of Tomahawk High School students will reach a milestone with the THS graduation ceremony this evening. Rather than the traditional weekend ceremony, this year's festivities will actually beheld this evening at 7pm in the traditional field house location. According to the district, 85 seniors are expected to cross the stage to receive their diplomas. The class of 2019 actually had 4 students share the valedictorian honors. The recipients: Abigail Norman, Taylor Schilts, Kaylie Svacina, and Katy Volz are all expected to address their fellow graduates during the ceremony. The other Top 10 students graduating with honors include: Evan Ploeckelman, Shelby Benaszeski, Whitney Osero, Arianna Schreiner, Kelly Martin, and Kersten Zehner. _____ Catching up on some news from earlier this week, those THS seniors received one last gift from the community. The district held their annual scholarship night Wednesday. Of those 85 graduates more than 50 received scholarships to help them in their future education. At those awards alone, more than $192,000 in scholarships were presented to the students, with a majority of those dollars coming from right here in the Tomahawk community.
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Main Street Memories Car Show Back for 25th Year
Published on 05/24/2019 under News Here in Tomahawk, Memorial Day weekend brings the return of the Main Street Memories Car Show. It's a special 25th anniversary for the celebration. What began with just a handful of cars, has grown to regularly feature around 300 cars each year. Main Street Director Aimee Dickrell joined Jeff on the Morning Forum earlier this week to discuss the show. She says with that many entries, there is something for everyone. That includes vintage classics to souped-up modern vehicles. Dickrell says they once again have more than 50 trophies to hand out including: youngest participant, largest club participation, best in show, people's choice and more. For a car show, owners are very particular on the weather. Dickrell joked that she has been monitoring the forecasts frequently, and anticipates a beautiful day on Sunday for both participants and visitors. In addition to the cars, there are a lot of other free downtown activities planned for the event. Dickrell says they have a number children's activities, entertainment, and plenty of good food. That's Sunday from 9am-4pm. The trophy presentation is at 3pm.
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Merrill Clerk to Release Review of Recall Petitions Friday
Published on 05/24/2019 under News We expect to learn later today whether the attempt to recall 5 Merrill aldermen will continue. Merrill City Clerk Bill Heideman announced that the certificates of sufficiency or insufficiency of the recall petitions will be issued this afternoon. Heideman says the certificates will outline the review of the petitions and challenges. It will also include determinations as to whether the petitions contain enough valid signatures to require recall elections. The recall effort is the largely result of a the 2019 budget process which initially saw a veto, and ultimately lead to larger than anticipated 7.4% tax increase. Alderman targeted by the recall include Paul Russell, John Van Lieshout, Dave Sukow, Tim Meehean, and Council president Rob Norton. The number of required signatures varied by district based on a percentage of votes cast in the gubernatorial election. When submitted last month, the recall group secured at least 10 signatures more than necessary for each candidate. The results of the recall petition review will be released at 3pm this afternoon.
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Deputies Investigating Death near Nicolet Campus Entrance
Published on 05/24/2019 under News The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is investigating a death near the Nicolet College campus. According to a news release, deputies received a call at approximately 4:00pm of a man lying face down at the Highway G entrance to Nicolet College. The initial call indicated the man had sustained a gun shot wound. Responders attempted life saving measures and brought the individual to St. Mary's Hospital. He died a short time later. According to the Sheriff's Office, their initial investigation indicates the shot was self-inflicted. They said the Nicolet campus and the public were not in any danger. Both the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Oneida County Medical Examiner's Office are continuing to investigate the incident.
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Union Grove Highlights Saturday Memorial Day Observances
Published on 05/24/2019 under News While the Memorial Day weekend is seen as the start of the summer season, its real meaning is to reflect on those who gave their lives while serving. While a majority of the Memorial Day ceremonies will be held Monday, a select few are scheduled for tomorrow. A growing Saturday ceremony is at the Union Grove Cemetery in Harshaw. That event began almost 20 years ago with a just a handful of people. Now the event now regularly draws more than 500 attendees. In recent years, they've also established a motorcycle procession named for Einar Ingman. That will leave from the Tomahawk Legion Post at shortly after 10am. The ceremony itself gets underway at 11:30 tomorrow at the Union Grove Cemetery on Lakewood Drive in Harshaw. Other Saturday Memorial Day Services include: The Veterans Memorial Service at Prairie Rapids Cemetery is at 9:00 am On Monday: The traditional Tomahawk Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 10am at Veteran's Memorial Park. They'll continue on to Greenwood Cemetery at 10:45; Calvary Cemetery at 11:15; and Oak Hill Cemetery at 11:45am. Merrill will host their traditional ceremony in the High School Auditorium. The City Band will play at 10:30am with the ceremony at 11am. Rhinelander's Memorial Day ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. in the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center (formerly Rhinelander High School Auditorium).  Guest speaker is Rep. Rob Swearingen, and MC is local attorney and Navy veteran, Brian Bennett. The American Legion Post 452 of Spirit, will provide military honors at the following cemeteries: Know at 8:30 am, St. Mary's at 8:45 am, Clifford Public and Levitt Creek at 9:00 am, Finlander at 9:15 am, Garden of Memory at 10:00 am, Hillside at 11:00 am and Hillcrest at 2:00 pm. There will be a potluck at 11:30 am in the basement of the Spirit Town Hall. The annual Memorial Day program is at 1:00 pm.
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Transporting Firewood Can Spread Destructive Pests, Disease
Published on 05/24/2019 under News Camping and cabin season kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend, and officials are reminding people that hauling firewood from home could help spread emerald ash borer, gypsy moth or other destructive pests and diseases.  Brian Kuhn with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says"'Buy it where you burn it' is always good advice." He says you can also buy certified firewood that has been deemed safe to transport. Kuhn notes that state parks require that firewood be brought from no more than 10 miles away. National forests require it to be purchased within 25 miles. Many private campgrounds have similar or even more stringent restrictions. Kuhn says, "You can't just look at wood and see pests and diseases. They may be under the bark or burrowed into the wood, or they may be microscopic pathogens." He says, "In the balance of things, the health of our forests – and all the jobs and wildlife that depend on it – is worth spending a few dollars to buy firewood instead of hauling it from home."
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Opener for Musky Season in Northern Zone
Published on 05/24/2019 under News This weekend marks the start of the musky opener for anglers here in the Northwoods. The DNR divides the musky season into northern and southern zones to account for differences in water temperature and spawning dates. While the musky waters south of Hwy 10 opened early this month, tomorrow marks the start of the season for those north of Highway 10.
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Power Outage Delay Adds Two Hours onto Tomahawk School Final Day
Published on 05/23/2019 under News One fallout from yesterday's power outages here in the Northwoods, the Tomahawk School District had a two hour delay. Because of previous cancellations and delays, particularly this winter, the district has once again added additional instructional time onto the calendar. The district announced that rather than a noon release on June 6, students will now attend class until 2pm that day.
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Wisconsin Public Service Continues Restoration Efforts
Published on 05/23/2019 under News More than 24 hours after the first outages were reported, power restoration efforts are continuing. Early Wednesday morning, in the 3am hour, the Northwoods experienced a line of gusty winds with some approaching 60 miles per hour. As a result, responders tended to downed trees, utility poles, and power lines. Fortunately, we did not receive word of any injuries across the area. In their latest update, Wisconsin Public Service says they had restored power to more than 50,000 customers. Throughout the day Wednesday, the Tomahawk area was one of the hardest hit, and the final restorations are here in Lincoln County. By daybreak Thursday, there were approximately 500 customers still without power. By 8am that number was less than 100. WPS says they will continue to work to restore service to those remaining customers.
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Minocqua Home Destroyed in Fire; Other Local Departments Busy Wednesday
Published on 05/23/2019 under News A home in Minocqua was destroyed in a fire yesterday. According to the Minocqua Police Department, responders were paged to a property on Denise Drive off of Hwy 47 at shortly after 5pm. They found a fire that likely originated in the garage had spread to the home. The initial 911 call reported that the residents and pets were still inside. They were all able to get out of the home safely. The garage and its contents were destroyed in the fire. The home is also considered a total loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Four local fire departments assisted at the scene. _____ It was a busy day for fire departments around the Northwoods... Here in Tomahawk, the Volunteer Fire Department reported responding to 5 weather related calls. Their calls spanned a 12 hour period beginning at 3am and the final at 3pm. That included a call to the Frontier Building at the end of Main Street where crews found an overheated standby generator smoking in the building at around 5am. Down in Merrill, at shortly before 11am, their fire department extinguished a car fire before it could spread. The vehicle on Cleveland Street was near a camper and garage.
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Lincoln County Health Offers Tips for Healthy and Safe Swimming
Published on 05/23/2019 under News In the coming months, we'll be hitting the water, and the Lincoln County Health Department is reminding residents to think about water health and safety. Their message is part of National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The Lincoln County Health Department says the most common reasons pools are shut down in Lincoln County is dirtiness in the water or incorrect chemical levels. Meghan Williams is an environmental health specialist with the Lincoln County Health Department. She says, "Germs that may be in the water are extra hard to stop because they are not always easily killed by chlorine or other chemicals." That is why they said it is important not to swim or let your kids swim if they are sick with vomiting or diarrhea. They also recommend taking young swimmers on regular bathroom breaks, shower before entering the water, and change diapers in a bathroom or changing area and not pool side. The Health Department also remind swimmers to reapply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated.
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Tomahawk Elementary Celebrates Red, White, and Blue Day
Published on 05/23/2019 under News An tradition returns to the Tomahawk School District today. The Tomahawk Elementary School will hosting their annual Red, White and Blue Day celebration. The program features performances and songs by students from Kindergarten through 5th grade including the 3rd through 5th grade choir. The Red,White and Blue Day ceremony is now in its 36th year. The theme this year is "Building Bridges, Giving Light: Together We Stand." For those that would like to attend, it is being held at 2pm in the Tomahawk Fieldhouse.
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Tomahawk Woman Claims ~$3,400 Wawui Bingo Prize
Published on 05/23/2019 under News It was a lucky night for a Tomahawk Bingo player. Last night Wawui Bingo gave away their progressive prize. It was Jacqueline Firkus who covered her card in 59 numbers to claim the jackpot. Building since last summer, it had reached $3,443. As always proceeds from Wawui Wednesday Night Bingo go to support SARA Park.
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DNR Updates Black Bear Hunt Structure
Published on 05/23/2019 under News MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board is tweaking Wisconsin's bear hunt structure for the first time since 1980. The new framework calls for six bear management zones rather than the current four. Numeric zone kill limits in DNR rules would end. The agency would instead set limits based on agricultural damage, hunter success and nuisance complaints. The changes could into effect as early as the fall of 2021. The plan called for allowing hunters to use hounds in a newly formed central Wisconsin hunting zone. The board voted 6-1 to remove those provisions, however. Opponents told the board that allowing hounds in the zone would lead to trespassing. Megan Nicholson of the Humane Society of the United States said hunting with hounds is a blight on the state.
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DNR board: No buck-only counties for first time in decade
Published on 05/23/2019 under News MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board has approved a 2019 deer hunt framework that doesn't include any buck-only counties for the first time in a decade. Buck-only designations are typically imposed to protect does so area herds can grow. No buck-only counties signal the statewide herd's numbers are healthy, particularly in northwestern and southern Wisconsin. Hunters killed 160,653 bucks in 2018, the second-highest buck kill in the last decade. DNR officials said in a memo to the board that county deer advisory councils are increasingly frustrated with trying to maintain or decrease the herd in farmland management zones in northwestern, southern and central Wisconsin. The board approved the framework unanimously Wednesday.
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