Tomahawk School Board Gets Recap on Safety Upgrades
Published on 08/17/2018 under News The Tomahawk School District, like so many across the state and country, focused on safety upgrades over the summer. At Tuesday's School Board meeting Administrator Terry Reynolds and Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Mike Debels gave the board a brief update on some of those changes. One of the most visible changes for guests will be a buzz in system in the main entrances during school hours.Those main entrances will also be treated with shatter resistant film. Debels says they hope to apply the film on additional glass surfaces around campus. The cost for the film is approximately $15 per square surface foot. Reynolds also says they will be limiting the number of access points for the students throughout the school day as well. Debels also mention a few other upgrades:They have upgraded the locks in the elementary classrooms which will allow the teachers to lock the rooms from the inside and prevent intruders from entering. They are in the process of adding additional camera to minimize the number of "dark spaces" not currently covered.They have also installed some additional keyless entry points in the interior of the building. The teachers will also become students with a number of planned staff training exercises from reporting threats training to classroom safety intruder training. Reynolds appeared optimistic that an agreement on a School Resource Officer would be reached with the district, the city, and the police department. He suggested that could be done and in place by October. Reynolds also indicated that the district would submit a request for a second round of funding made available by the state. Earlier this month the school received a $60,000 grant from the first phase of funding.
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'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Campaign Begins Friday
Published on 08/17/2018 under News Local law enforcement agencies will once again partner in effort to keep impaired drivers off the road. Today, marks the start of the annual 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' initiative. Here in Wisconsin, alcohol-related crashes resulted in 161 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries last year. In addition, the DoT says were over 24,200 traffic convictions in Wisconsin last year for operating a motor vehicle while impaired. In addition to alcohol, officers also highlighted impaired driving from opioids, prescription and over-the-counter medications. There will also be increased outreach and educational efforts. The 'Drive Sober' campaign runs through Labor Day.
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Man Charged with Embezzling $79,000 from Northwoods Gas Stations
Published on 08/17/2018 under News One of two individuals arrested in connection with embezzling thousands of dollars from Northwoods gas and convenience stores made a brief appearance in Oneida County Court yesterday. Aries Tatrow was formally charged with a single county of theft in a business setting greater than $10,000. The 39 year old was arrested by Rhinelander Police on Wednesday. They allege Tatrow, a station manager at several gas stations, repeatedly took cash from the register. Over the past few months, that totaled more than $79,000, and investigators believe the incidents have been going on for years. An adjourned initial appearance was scheduled for September 10th. The judge did set bond at $1,000. As of Thursday evening, the other individual arrested, 26 year old Kayla Norling had not been formally charged.
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Tomahawk Pig Roast Raises Funds for Wishes for Kids
Published on 08/17/2018 under News A feast and fundraiser is lined up for the Tomahawk area tomorrow. The Wishes for Kids organization is hosting their annual Pig Roast at Surewood Forest on Lake Alice tomorrow. Earlier this week, we were joined by one of the organizers, Dave Duranceau to talk a bit about the group and tomorrow event. Over the years, Wishes for Kids has contributed $31,000 to the Wisconsin Make a Wish program to provide experiences for local kids dealing with life threatening ailments. As for tomorrow's pig roast, Duranceau says they hope to raise $15,000. In addition to the food, they'll also have dozens upon dozens of raffles that will appeal to everyone. As an example he gave... a small refrigerator which will be stocked with $250 in meat. Tickets for the all you can eat meal are $10. That's coming up tomorrow at 2pm. You can hear the entire conversation as a podcast in the WJJQ audio center.
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Dragon Boat Races Return to Lake Minocqua
Published on 08/17/2018 under News The Northwoods will be home to a unique rowing event this weekend, and it's all for a good cause. Lake Minocqua is hosting their third annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday. The event acts as a fundraiser for the Howard Young Foundation. The races are a sight to behold. The boats are 45 feet long, holding 20 paddlers, a steersperson and a drummer. In heats of three, the participants row along the 300 meter course. Each year, the teams raise funds and pledge tens of thousands of dollars for the cause. This year more than 25 teams have registered to compete. They have plenty of other Dragon themed activities tomorrow as well, set up at Torpy Park in Minocqua. Opening ceremonies begin at 8:15am with races at 9:00.
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Voting Opens for Friends of Council Grounds Photo Contest
Published on 08/17/2018 under News After a high turnout, hotly contested primary earlier this week,the public can now weigh in on a less stressful vote. The Friends of Council Grounds State Park have received their entries and selected the finalists for their 4th annual photo contest. The organizers accepted photos in four different categories this year: plants, wildlife, landscapes, and people using the park. A display of the top three photos in each category, along with voting ballots, will be at the Park Contact Station through September 15th. They'll also be available at the T.B. Scott Library from September 1st to September 15th. Winners will be announced this fall.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 08/17/2018 under News Officers received a report of a driver running a stop sign and jumping the tracks near the railroad. Based on the vehicle description, officers located the vehicle a short time later. Officers are following up with the railroad before considering any possible citations. Officers received a report of a possibly intoxicated driver Monday evening. The driver was located a short time later with the help of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. The 63 year old was taken in for operating while intoxicated. Officers assisted Probation and Parole in seeking a 39 year old Tomahawk man with two arrest warrants. Two drivers received warnings after a road-rage incident. Officers determined that one vehicle had pulled out in front of the other. The trailing driver said the other was intentionally moving at a low rate of speed and repeatedly hit the brakes. They also indicated that verbal threats were made between the two men. As a result, each was warned for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle.
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Tomahawk Historical Society Presentation Thursday on "Doughnut Girls" of WWI
Published on 08/16/2018 under News We are all familiar with a the sacrifices that American's made during the World Wars. Coming up this evening in Tomahawk, the Historical Society is hosting a special presentation on one of the hidden stories in that history. Tonight's discussion will be on a group of women known as the Doughnut Girls. Terry Derleth with the Historical Society stopped by the WJJQ studios yesterday to give a sneak preview of this evening's program. The Doughnut girls date back to World War I. Lead by Evangeline Booth, the small group with the Salvation Army actually traveled to the frontlines in France to simply provide comfort and a piece of home that included serving up breakfasts for the troops. Due to limited supplies, they would find themselves making due with equipment on hand including frying doughnuts in an oil-filled helmet over an open flame. Derleth called the story "inspirational on so many different levels." You can hear more about the story of the Doughnut Girls this evening at 6pm at the Buedingen CenterĀ  (W6147 State Road 86) in Tomahawk.
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Oneida County Sheriff Investigating String of Buglaries at Businesses
Published on 08/16/2018 under News The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in an investigation into several burglaries of area businesses. According to a news release, a patrolling deputy found an open door at a business along Highway 47 at shortly before 3:00 yesterday morning. They determined that the business had been broken in to. Over the course of the next few hours, two other businesses in that area were found to have been burglarized. The Sheriff's Office says there have been several similar burglaries over the summer. They noted that the suspect have targeted bars and restaurants rather than private homes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.
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Price County Man Reaches Plea Deal in May Stabbing Incident
Published on 08/16/2018 under News A Price County man accused of stabbing another man this spring reached an agreement with prosecutors. According to court records, Derek Novak pleaded no contest to aggravated battery and first degree recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon. In exchange, two other charges were dismissed. The 25 year old was arrested May 10th after an altercation regarding child in Taylor County. During that altercation, Novak stabbed the other man. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 25.
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WaWui Bingo Hands Out Record $4,900 Jackpot
Published on 08/16/2018 under News It was a record setting night at Wawui Bingo last night, as the organization gave out their largest ever prize. According to the volunteers, long time player Ruth Komarek claimed the progressive pot, by blacking out her card in just 55 numbers. As a result she took home $4,902. More than 220 people packed SARA Park in hopes of claiming the prize. The Wawui organizers said, while not a record, that was one of their largest crowds in recent years. Of course, the proceeds from the Wawui summer Bingo goes right back into the SARA Park buildings. The non-profit runs Bingo every Wednesday through mid-October.
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Day Two of Lincoln County Fair Features Bulls and Barrels Show
Published on 08/16/2018 under News After a successful opening day, action gets into full swing at the Lincoln County Fair. As we told you yesterday, this year's theme is the Back to the Wild West for this 130th year of the fair in Merrill. Judging and exhibits get underway at 9am this morning. There are a number of other activities as well including a pie eating contest and Mike the Magician. In the entertainment tent it's Genessee Depot. And the next two nights, the Rice Bull Riding Company will take over the grandstand. The Minnesota based company will present their popular Bulls and Barrels show at 7pm each night. While the fair is free, admission to the grandstand show is $6 for kids under 11; and $10 for those ages 12 and up. The fair runs through Sunday. Stay tuned to WJJQ for live updates throughout the weekend.
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Primary Results: Schneider, Hartman Secure Sheriff Bids
Published on 08/15/2018 under News A pair of local sheriff candidates likely faced their toughest election tests by securing their party's nomination. Over the past month, we've been tracking the Republican Sheriff race for an open position in Lincoln County, as well as in Oneida County where the incumbent was facing a pair of challengers. Yesterday the voters got to weigh in. In Lincoln County, according to yesterday's unofficial results, it was Lt. Ken Schneider edging out Merrill Police Officer Pete Borchardt by about 400 votes. With a little more than 5,000 ballots cast, Schneider earned 54% of the vote. Schneider received the backing of retiring Sheriff Jeff Jaeger. He'll appear on the November ballot unopposed. Up in Oneida County, current Sheriff Grady Hartmann (53%) fended off a challenge from medical examiner Larry Mathein  (32%) and Sgt. Greg Gardner (15%) for the Republican candidacy. While there were no Democratic candidates, Tom Wakely will appear on the fall ballot with the Constitution Party. A few other competitive local races... Current Lincoln County Coroner Paul Proulx received 2/3's of the vote in his re-election bid against Mark Raymer in the coroner race. He'll appear on the November ballot unopposed. And one November race was set-up yesterday. Margaret Engerbretson defeated Brian Ewert to earn the Democratic nomination for the 7th congressional district. She'll face current Representative Sean Duffy this fall.
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High Profile Races Lead to High Voter Turnout in Lincoln County
Published on 08/15/2018 under News A number of competitive races likely boosted the voter turnout here in Lincoln County. With two newcomers seeking to replace retiring Sheriff Jeff Jaeger, as well as a pair of high profile state races with Republican US Senate nomination and Democratic Gubernatorial nomination on the line, the preliminary vote total more than tripled when compared to the last similar election. This year more than 7,300 ballots were cast in Lincoln County. In August of 2014, a little more than 2,000 voters came to the polls.
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Lincoln County Fair Returns for 130th Year
Published on 08/15/2018 under News August in Wisconsin typically means fair time. Starting today, the Lincoln County Fair returns to Merrill. It's another anniversary, 130 years for the Lincoln County Fair. Board president Mark Duley said in his introduction that this year they are using the theme "Back to the Wild Wild West." He says the theme will feature prominently in the displays and looked forward to see how many 4-H groups use the idea. The grandstand entertainment will be a perfect example with plenty of horse action. Coming up this evening, it's the free admission 4-H horse show. Then the Bulls and Barrels rodeo rides into town Thursday and Friday. The action isn't limited to the Grandstand as they'll also feature an entertainment tent, traditional 4H displays, rides, games, and your favorite fair foods. Events get underway at noon today and continues daily through Sunday. Stay tuned to WJJQ for live updates from the fair throughout the weekend.
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