Tomahawk Kicks Off Hunting Season with Annual Venison Feed
Published on 11/22/2019 under News A unique, annual tradition returns to Tomahawk giving hunters an early taste of venison before opening day. For more than half a century now, downtown Tomahawk has hosted what is simply known as The Venison Feed. Each year, on the Friday preceding the hunt, the west end of Main Street turns orange. Locals gather with out of town hunters, to share stories and camaraderie, while also getting a free venison burger.  The event, organized by the Tomahawk Chamber, is now in it's 54th year. They again anticipate serving up around 1,500 burgers. But it's truly a community event, as the burgers are made with donated meats and volunteers manning the grills. Over the years, those volunteer grill masters have even added their twist to the burgers, be it a special seasoning or adding condiments and toppings. When the City Council approved this year's event, they added a temporary waiver for open intoxicants during the event on that block.   If you'd like to stop by and grab a bite, they'll be serving up at their traditional location in front of the Post Office starting at 11:30am while supplies last.
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Oneida County Investigators Execute Search Warrant at Rhinelander City Hall
Published on 11/22/2019 under News The Oneida County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Rhinelander City Hall yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation. The Sheriff's Office provided minimal information on the investigation at this time. The did confirm through a news release that the warrants were issued in regards to an investigation into misconduct in public office and tampering with public records. They did not disclose who the target of that investigation is. City Hall closed at 9:30 yesterday morning and the closure lasted through much of the day. Oneida County investigators were assisted by a number of agencies including Vilas, Price and Marathon County deputies, as well as a team of digital forensics experts from the state Division of Criminal Investigation. They did not provide a timeline as to when additional information would be released.
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Tomahawk City Council Approves New Deputy Clerk/Treasurer
Published on 11/22/2019 under News Tomahawk City Hall will have a new face starting next month. At a special meeting earlier this week, the City Council approved hiring Miranda Freeman as the new Deputy Clerk/Treasurer. She'll be taking over for Loretta Wanta who announced her retirement earlier this year. Wanta will continue working a reduced schedule through the end of the year to allow for training. Freeman holds an associate degree in Business Management and is pursuing a degree in Accounting as well. She was recommended by a hiring committee from a pool of 15 applicants; 6 received interviews. Clerk Amanda Bartz said they were "pleased with the number of applications received and are excited to welcome Miranda to the Clerk's Office." She's set to begin December 2.
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Hunters Can Donate Deer Hearts for Eagles at Rehab Center
Published on 11/22/2019 under News Hunters who bag a deer this season can also help assist local birds in recovery. We recently heard from Mickey Mueller, the executive director at the Northwoods Wildlife Center. They are once again asking hunters to consider donating their deer's heart to the organization. She says, "Deer hearts provide valuable nutrition as a low-fat protein for eagles and other raptors." She did stress that they can only accept donations coming from deer harvested with lead-free ammunition or during the archery season. The hearts can be frozen or fresh and brought to the Northwoods Wildlife Center in Minocqua during regular hours.
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Rhinelander Community Band Preparing for Sunday Concert
Published on 11/22/2019 under News Not every community can boast of its own band, but Rhinelander can. The Rhinelander Area Community Band has a history dating back 37 years.The 40+ member group will perform at the Nicolet College Theatre on Sunday. Conductor Jim Pekol says their set-list includes a wide range of music from swing and polka to Broadway and selections from the Wizard of Oz. Like the music it performs, the band itself represents a wide range of ages, from high school students to senior citizens. Nicolet College Theatre Director Jim Nuttall. "The audience here loves the group and there's a special spirit to it of neighbors entertaining neighbors in a highly accomplished way." The performance is part of the Nicolet Live! 2019-2020 Performing Art Series and will take place in the Nicolet College Theatre. The free performance is Sunday at 1 p.m.
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Tomahawk Group Collecting Christmas Cards for Overseas Military Members
Published on 11/22/2019 under News A simple Christmas card can make a difference for those away from their family for the holidays. Coming up tomorrow in Tomahawk a local group will be collecting Christmas cards or letters of thanks for military members. It's part of a national effort known as "A Million Thanks." Once the cards are collected, they'll be distributed to military members both overseas and those stationed stateside, but away from home. Last year more than 300 cards were collected locally. That drop-off tomorrow, coinciding with the Santa's Workshop Craft Show, is from 9am to 3pm in the entryway at SARA Park.
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Officials Hope Hunters Continue Safe Hunting Traditions
Published on 11/21/2019 under News Tens of thousands of hunters will head to the woods and fields this weekend, and the DNR is reminding hunters to use proper practices to continue Wisconsin's safe hunting tradition. The DNR has credited Wisconsin's safe reputation to hunters themselves, as well as a strong corps of volunteer hunter education instructors. Since those courses, initially voluntary, were established in 1967, the now required safety courses have lead to a 90% decline in firearm incidents involving hunters. Last year, Wisconsin had 17 hunting firearm incidents including 2 fatal. According to the DNR data, six of those incidents occurred during the gun deer season, 3 of which were self inflicted. There have been no gun-deer season fatalities in seven of the last nine seasons. (That total does not include hunters who died of natural causes.) Hunters should use caution when getting into and out of stands, treat all firearms as if they are loaded, and know your target and what is beyond. And a reminder for non-hunting outdoor enthusiasts, wear visible orange when heading out to avoid any tragic accidents.
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Tomahawk Donations Add Up to $10,000 for Honor Flight
Published on 11/21/2019 under News The Never Forgotten Honor Flight was once again the recipient of Tomahawk's giving spirit. Yesterday the Tomahawk VFW hosted a check presentation, with the Honor Flight receiving a check of $10,000. With the associated cost, yesterday's donation was enough to cover 20 veteran's trips. On behalf of the VFW, Bill Burcalow was quick to call the donation a community effort. The sum came from a number of smaller efforts from local businesses, organizations and even some students. He says Sew Peaceful Quilting raised more than $4,000 through their raffles. Incredible Bank, which contributed as part of their recent re-branding effort. Another contribution came from The Well church. Lastly, Tomahawk Middle School students raised more than $500 in pennies. The Never Forgotten Honor Flight serves 13 Northwoods counties. Over the past decade, they have organized 38 trips to Washington for more than 3,600 local veterans.
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Small Chimney Fire in Tomahawk
Published on 11/21/2019 under News A small fire was put out by Tomahawk Firefighters yesterday morning. Crews were called out at shortly after 9am for a chimney fire on Dam Drive in Tomahawk. According to their incident report, they arrived to find a small fire in the attic area which was put out with minimal water. No injuries were reported, and crews were on the scene for around 90 minutes.
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Update: Merrill Firefighters Respond to Garage Fire
Published on 11/21/2019 under News The Merrill Fire Department is crediting a quick call and response in saving a garage and its contents from a structure fire earlier this week. That fire Tuesday morning on a property on Merrill Town Hall Drive. The fire began in the attic of a detached garage. According to an updated report, the owner of the property was home at the time. He initially attempted to extinguish the fire and remove items from the garage. Once firefighters arrived, they were able to knock down the fire and any hot spots before it could spread further. Fire Chief Josh Klug says, "This fire is one of those examples of how early detection, quick turnout time by our staff, and a short response time made a big difference in the outcome of the call." The cause of the fire is attributed to some recently blown insulation surrounding the chimney._____ The Merrill Fire Department responded to a garage fire yesterday morning at a property on Merrill Town Hall Road. That call came in at shortly before noon. According to their daily report, crews arrived to find fire coming from the roof of the backside of the garage. They said the fire was mostly confined to the attic space. They were able to quickly extinguish the blaze and put out any remaining hot spots. There were no injuries reported. A cause of fire was not immediately provided.
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Salvation Army Bell Ringing Returns to Tomahawk
Published on 11/20/2019 under News The familiar sound of the Salvation Army bell ringers is back in the Northwoods. Yesterday, volunteers Phil Luell, Tom Kelly, and Helen Hoover stopped by the WJJQ studios on behalf of the Tomahawk organization. While Luell and Kelly have years experience with the Tomahawk Salvation Army, Hoover is a newcomer. She said she was inspired to join after a friend sought help from the organization and she learned more about what they do. Here in Tomahawk, they'll have three ringing locations, outside the Post Office, at Great Lakes Foods, and Trig's. Eighty six percent of kettle donations remain with the local organization. Luell gave a quick rundown of the many outreach efforts made by the the local organization. In addition to the 700 plus vouchers for lodging, transportation, and utilities each year; the group also leads the local Backpack Program, which helps supplement weekend food for students in need. The Bell Ringing campaign continues to evolve with technology. Donations can be made through G Pay and Apple Pay, as well as donations on their website. As for traditional ringing, here in Tomahawk it'll be at three locations, the Post Office, at Great Lakes Foods, and Trig's. Volunteers are always welcome, over the year's they've even seen families or businesses taking over a block of ringing time. Call 966-1500 or visit to schedule a time.
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DNR Continues Work with Rhinelander Over PFA Monitoring
Published on 11/20/2019 under News The DNR and the City of Rhinelander continue to work together after the city dealt with contamination in a well earlier this summer. In late July, the City of Rhinelander removed well #7 from service after receiving higher than recommended levels of PFAs during voluntary testing. PFAs come from a number of sources including fast food wrappers, non-stick cookware, stain resistant fabrics and some personal care products. They are not currently regulated nor required to be tested. In a letter sent to the city this week, DNR Drinking Water and Groundwater Program Director Steve Elmore wrote the DNR "appreciates actions taken to date and those actions planned by Rhinelander Water and Wastewater utility (Rhinelander) relating to PFAs. The letter also mentioned there is still a PFAS source that is likely impacting Well #7 and, while PFAs levels are low in the well, it is probably due to the well not being pumped and drawing in contamination. The DNR says they will continue to work closely with the city, DHS and local health officials on the investigation into what caused the PFAs. They also encourage the city to make any additional sampling results publicly available.
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Take Steps to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Issues at Hunting Cabins
Published on 11/20/2019 under News As hunters make their final preparations, officials are giving a reminder about carbon monoxide safety at hunting cabins. Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen says that deer hunters should thoroughly inspect their cabin's heating system to avoid the build up of dangerous carbon monoxide gas. Those checks should vents, ensuring they are clear of snow, ice, and any nests from critters which may have taken up residence since last year. You should have a working carbon monoxide detector with new batteries if you didn't replace them earlier this month on Daylight Savings. A few other cabin safety tips to remember...•Make sure that portable heaters are monitored and clear of anything flammable. •Plug heaters directly into a wall outlet. •Generators should be run outside and a safe distance from the structure.
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DNR: Deer License Sales Consistent with Last Season
Published on 11/20/2019 under News The DNR says that it has sold roughly the same number of licenses for this year's deer harvest as it did for last year's season. The DNR released license sales figures yesterday showing the department sold 538,643 licenses as of Sunday. That compares with 539,137 licenses on the Sunday ahead of the season opener last year, a difference of 494 licenses. That total includes bow and crossbow licenses, as well. Sales for the firearm season is down approximately 1,300 licenses this year. Through Sunday that was 313,000. Kimberly Currie, Director of Customer and Outreach Services called the sales "brisk." She says, "We are happy to see customers buying their licenses early and not waiting for the last minute." The DNR says license sales steadily climb in the days ahead of Saturday's opener. They plan on releasing updated figures again next Tuesday.
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Crimestoppers Assistance in Storage Unit Burglaries in Pine River
Published on 11/20/2019 under News The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in solving several burglaries to storage units in the Town of Pine River. According to the post, the incidents happened back on October 30 at units located on State Rd 64. They said the locks were initially cut, but then reattached leading to a delay in discovery until last week. Items stolen included household furniture and the hood to a 1973 orange Datsun. Blurry surveillance footage captured a Dodge truck with a ramp feature on the rear trailer. Those photos are available on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page Those with information can call the Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers of Lincoln County.
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