Main Street Memories Car Show Back for 24th Year
Published on 05/25/2018 under News Here in Tomahawk, Memorial Day weekend brings the return of the Main Street Memories Car Show. The event has grown and evolved from its humble origins 24 years ago. The organizers once again anticipate around 300 cars entered into the show. Main Street Director Aimee Dickerall joined Jeff on the Morning Forum earlier this week to discuss the show. She says with that many entries, "there is a car for everyone." She also talked about how it's more than just viewing the cars, noting that the participants are passionate and have plenty of stories to tell about their cars. The Saturday motorcycle show has gone away, there are plenty of other reasons to stop downtown early. They have a Main Street Memories Cruise, with the 18 mile route following the Fall Ride Thunder Parade Route. Tomahawk resident Swede Jorgensen will also have his '55 Chevy museum open. Then on Sunday it's car time, but Dickerell says the Tomahawk show is "not just for gear heads" as they once again have plenty of family friendly activities including a petting zoo and crafters.
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Weekend Memorial Day Services Highlighted by Union Grove
Published on 05/25/2018 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 includes more than 500 attendees. One of the newer features is 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. Check out our community calendar for a full run down of local Memorial Day events.
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Merrill Elementary Principal Selected as Principal of Wisconsin Administrator Assoication
Published on 05/25/2018 under News A local principal has been selected to lead a state association for school administrators. The Merrill School District announced that Trisha Detert was recently appointed president of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators for next school year. Detert is a currently principal at Washington Elementary. She has previously served as principal at Tomahawk Middle School, as well. The Association was created back in 1978, "designed to improve educational opportunities by ensuring the professional growth and competency of school administrators while coordinating their interests and needs." Merrill Superintendent John Sample says the selection exemplifies Detert's leadership qualities and professional trust she has established with her colleagues statewide. The opportunity will see Detert pulling a double duty as she'll continue to serve as principal in Merrill. She called it an honor to be selected as president of the organization.
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Safe Boating Includes Life Vests Use; Musky Opener; and Reservoir Levels
Published on 05/25/2018 under News Many residents and visitors alike will hit Northwoods waters this weekend, and the DNR is reminding boaters to use safe boating practices. That means operating safe and sober, and making sure your boat is properly equipped. That includes consistent life preserver use, one of the focuses of this year's National Safe Boating Week campaign. While many are familiar with the requirements that ski boats, fishing boats and pontoons must have enough life jackets for each person on board, April Dombrowski with the DNR also notes that the rule covers canoeists and kayakers. The DNR also recommends checking to ensure the life preservers you use are US Coast Guard approved. And if the boat is 16 feet or longer, it must include a throwable. Opener for Musky Season in Northern Zone 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 the Highway. Area Reservioirs The area reservoir levels have stabilized for the most part over the past week according to numbers from WVIC. The Eau Plaine and Rainbow are each about a half foot below full. Nokomis actually dropped a few inches, it's about a foot down. The Willow is steady at around 20 inches below full, and the Spirit is 2.5 feet down.
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Man Charged in March Fire in Woodruff
Published on 05/25/2018 under News A man from Northwestern Wisconsin has been charged in connection with a fire in Woodruff earlier this year. Clark Krueger of Weyerhaeuser made an initial appearance in Oneida County Court this week. The 38 year old was charged with arson after officials investigated a March 22nd fire at a rental home in Woodruff. According to court records, a charge of obstructing was also filed. At this week's hearing Judge Michael Bloom continued a $15,000 bond. The court calendar shows Krueger will be back in court June 8 for a preliminary hearing.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 05/25/2018 under News A resident on Leather Avenue reported a break-in. It did not appear as though anything was missing, however the door jamb was damaged. Officers are following up. Officers are investigating after a driver went through a temporary road closure on Theiler Drive Thursday. Crews reported the man drove through a yard and knocked over signs. Officers responded to a hit and run incident. The driver was located a short time later and will be cited for the hit and run, as well as, OWI and operating without insurance. Officers were called to an altercation in which one individual allegedly spit on the other and threw a phone. As a result, the 59 year old was brought in for domestic disorderly conduct. And once again Tomahawk Police are participating in the Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign. There was an increase in the number of contacts for safety belts violations with either warnings or citations. That campaign runs through June 3.
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Tomahawk High School Drama/Forensics Awards
Published on 05/25/2018 under News Following their final children's play performance of the year, the Tomahawk Fine Arts Department held their drama and forensics awards for the school year. Forensics Awards 2018: G.M. Sheldon Award Recipients --Olivia Fellers, Parker Johnson, Makayla Lallemont, Grace Latzig, Macey Loka, Allison Meinheit Outstanding Freshman Speaker 2018--Allison Schmidt Outstanding Sophomore Speaker 2018--Annie Begotka, Joshua Gardner Outstanding Junior Speaker 2018--Evan Ploekelmann, Garret Hurst Outstanding Senior Speaker 2018--Olivia Fellers Outstanding Creative Teamwork Award--Grace Latzig, Delaney Langdon, Justin Skubal, William Russell Drama Awards: Outstanding Lead Performance -- "Gossip"--Grace Latzig Outstanding Supporting Performance -- "Gossip"--Natalie Reiter Outstanding Lead Performance -- "Hansel and Gretel"-- Olivia Fellers Outstanding Supporting Performance -- "Hansel and Gretel"-- Jimmy Rau Outstanding Crew Member  2018--Katie Lee Outstanding Senior 2018--Grace Latzig Outstanding Junior 2018--Kiana Callahan Outstanding Sophomore 2018--Grace Kummerfeldt Outstanding Freshman 2018--Aurora Peetz Most Improved Performer 2018--Kiana Callahan, Grace Kummerfeldt Outstanding Performer 2018--Justin Skubal
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LDF Police Confirm Recovered Body as Antonio Roche
Published on 05/24/2018 under News As expected, the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police confirmed a body recovered from a lake last week was that of a missing man. Antonio Roche went missing earlier this month. Searchers recovered his body from Pokegama Lake late last week. Police Chief Bob Brandenburg says, "It appears no suspicious circumstances exist at this time, but we will wait for the final determination by the Coroner before we announce cause of death." He added, "We are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, which are conducted as part of every autopsy." The announcement also included a message of condolence from Tribal President Joseph Wildcat Sr. He said, "Losing this young man tears at the tightly woven fabric of our community. Eventually we will heal. And with that healing will be a scar. A permanent representation and reminder of a life cut short."
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Tomahawk Public Works Dept. Open House
Published on 05/24/2018 under News Over the past few weeks, in Tomahawk alone, we covered an emergency at the water tower that was fixed before it affected service and previewed a number of upcoming road projects. We're also just one month removed from an April snow that blanketed the community. The city of Tomahawk is offering a behind the scenes look at some of employees and department that keep things running smoothly. All those previously mentioned issues fall under the watch of the Public Works Department. The next two days, Tomahawk Public Works director John Cole has set up at Public Works Open House. He's inviting the public to stop by and see what the department is all about. They'll have some of their machinery on display, offer tours, and answer any questions about the role the department plays in the city. That open house will be offered from 10 until 2 Thursday and Friday at the municipal garage.
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DATCP: Don't Transport Firewood during Camping Season
Published on 05/24/2018 under News Memorial Day traditionally kicks off the summer camping season, but officials are reminding campers to leave the firewood behind. Brian Kuhn with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection summed it up succinctly, "Buy it where you burn it." That's because transporting firewood can also transport invasives and harmful bugs and disease such as the emerald ash borer, gypsy moths and oak wilt. State Parks (10 miles) and National Forests (25 miles) already have rules that require any firewood come from nearby, while many private campgrounds prohibit bringing firewood to their grounds entirely. The lone exception is DATCP certified wood that has been kiln dried. Kuhn says, "You can't just look at wood and see pests. They may be inside of it, or they may be microscopic pathogens. In the balance of things, the health of our North Woods – 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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Tomahawk Elementary Hosts Annual Red, White, and Blue Day
Published on 05/24/2018 under News Thursday marks a special day in the Tomahawk Elementary School as they host their annual Red, White, and Blue Day program. The theme in this 35th year of the program is 'America's Heart Beat-The Beat Goes On...' As they do each year, the elementary and middle school aged music students will lead the audience through a number of pieces dedicated to the flag. Many follow that theme of beats and rhythms. Those performances will be interspersed with student narrations. The event will be held in the Fieldhouse starting at 2:00 pm. Prior to the program, the district will host a reception for Veterans in the elementary cafeteria at 1:30 pm.
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With Spirit Crews in Mind, Ascension Recognizes Emergency Responders
Published on 05/24/2018 under News Just a few weeks after a tragedy took the lives of a medical helicopter crew in the Northwoods, Ascension Hospitals took the time to recognize local first responders. Last evening Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk hosted a brat fry as part of Emergency Responder week. Prior to the event, we were joined by Matt Thompson with Ascension, as well as some additional crew members of the EMT team. When looking back on the Spirit helicopter crash, they said they continue to take it day by day, noting that EMTs are a tight-knit community. While the memorial service provided some closure, they said the tragedy is still talked about everyday as they lost 3 dedicated professionals and friends. Thompson also talked about the #spiritstrong hashtag has taken off. In addition to the brat fry, they also gave out gift bags that included a rapid response tool. The multi-function tool contains handy features such as a seat belt cutter and a glass breaker. The entire conversation is available in the audio center.
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Northwoods Schools Benefit from T.E.Ach Grants for Technology
Published on 05/23/2018 under News Earlier this week, the state announced $7.8 million in technology grants to help school districts. A number of those recipients are here in the Northwoods. Gov. Walker made the announcement in Mosinee on Monday. Overall, 252 school districts were awarded money through the TEACH program. Teach stands for Technology for Educational Achievement. Local districts including Prentice($29k), Lakeland ($30k),Tomahawk($50k), Northland Pines($45k), Rhinelander($60k), and Merrill ($60k) received grants ranging from $29k to $60k. The fund dollars were determined by school enrollment. The grants were aimed at rural school districts with fewer than 16 students per square mile. Another nearly 600 grants will be provided for teacher technology training in rural districts.
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Man Charged in Lincoln County Pursuit
Published on 05/23/2018 under News A man who lead Lincoln County deputies on a vehicle pursuit last week has now been charged. William Morgan made his initial appearance in court yesterday. According to court records, the 45 year old was charged with fleeing an officer, operating while revoked, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Morgan was taken into custody last Thursday. The sheriff's office says he fled after a traffic stop. The pursuit ended when spike strips were deployed near Tomahawk, and the vehicle collided with a patrol squad. At yesterday's hearing, Judge Jay Tlusty set a $5,000 signature bond. Future court dates will be scheduled next month.
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Tomahawk Students Earn 'Pace Setter' Recognition for AP Scores
Published on 05/23/2018 under News Based on participation and success in Advanced Placement courses, Tomahawk students have earned a state award. Principal Ryan Huseby announced that Tomahawk High School was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Counsel with a PaceSetter Award for last school year. Advanced Placement or AP courses are higher level offerings taught in the High School. At the conclusion of the year, the students, through testing, are able to earn college credits or test out of college courses. To reach the achievements, more than 10% of THS students took an AP exam and 60% of those students earned a score of 3 or higher on the 5 point scale.  This is the 5th year THS has earned the PaceSetter honor.  THS offers AP courses in Biology, Calculus, English, Psychology, Economics and US History.  There are 106 student enrollments in AP courses for the 2017-18 school year. 
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