DNR Accepting Public Comment on Updated AIS Plan Published on 08/10/2018 under News

The DNR is updating their statewide aquatic invasive species management plan, and they seeking public comment on the new draft. According to the announcement, the plan was originally written and approved in 2003.

Tim Campbell, an outreach specialist with the UW-Extension and Wisconsin Sea Grant, was the lead author. He says, "Since the original version of the plan was approved, we have new species that we are concerned with, new pathways of invasion in Wisconsin, and new tools to help us manage the undesirable impacts of aquatic invasive species."

The DNR says the revised plan was drafted by a team of affected stake holders including the UW-Extension, county AIS staff, Wisconsin Lakes, the River Alliance of Wisconsin and a number of DNR staff.

Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species program coordinator for the Wisconsin DNR says, "Having the comments and buy in from all stakeholders can increase the efficacy of this plan and can help us all take effective actions to manage the impacts of aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin."

You can view the plan on the DNR website, they'll accept comments through August 31. The next step in the process is to incorporate the changes and submit a final plan for federal approval.

In Other News

State Celebrates Role of Forest Industry in Economy
Published on 10/23/2018 under News From the days of lumberjacks to modern mills, the forest industry has served as a lifeblood for many Wisconsin communities. In recognition of those who work in and care for Wisconsin's 17.1 million acres of forests, this week has been designated as Wisconsin Forest Products Week. Collin Buntrock, a Forest Products Team Leader with the DNR says, "From paper products such as food packaging, fine writing paper and tissue paper, to lumber used for homes and furniture, the products made by the 1,200-plus forest products companies in Wisconsin help make our life better." Buntrock's team of forest products specialists helps Wisconsin's forest industry build and maintain strong markets while ensuring that forests remain a vital part of the state's economy and culture for future generations. He noted that forest products contribute $24.1 billion annual to the state's economy. More than 60,000 people work directly in the industry, which is a leading employer in 10 counties. That includes Lincoln County, where more than 1,100 people work in the industry. We'll have a bit more on those local numbers later this week.
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mBank Donates $15,000 to Merrill Groups
Published on 10/23/2018 under News A new financial institute in Merrill has made a series of generous donation in their new community. As we've previously covered, mBank, based out of the Manistique, Michigan, recently acquired Lincoln Community Bank locations in Merrill and Gleason. Yesterday, they announced a $15,000 donation to support several local non-profits in the greater Merrill area. The first donation, $5,000, went to the Optimist Club of Merrill. The funds will be used to help construct a handicapped-accessible playground at Normal Park.Donation number two, also $5,000, goes to the Merrill School District to purchase a trailer to transport band equipment.VFW Post 1638 received $2,500 to assist in the construction of their new Northwoods Veterans Post facility.And another $2,500 goes towards the Merrill Community Homeless Center and the Habitat Home project. Executive VP Clay Peterson says, "We're proud to support these local organizations that have such a profound, positive impact here in our community. By supporting these programs, we are living our core value of giving back to the communities we serve. We look forward to seeing the opportunities this will bring to so many families and businesses."
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Defense Points Blame for Toddler's Death in Tran Trial
Published on 10/23/2018 under News RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — A defense attorney for a Wisconsin woman accused of killing her young stepson is attempting to pin blame for the child's death on the boy's father. Thirty-year-old Ellen Tran is on trial in Oneida County for first-degree reckless homicide. Twenty-month-old Avery Edwards died in April 2017 while he was in the care of Tran and her husband at the time, Trung Tran. WJFW-TV reports the toddler spent most of his time with his biological mother in Virginia, but occasionally stayed with his father and stepmother in Rhinelander. Defense attorney Jonas Bednarek attempted to show that Trung Tran was the person who likely caused his son's death. Trung Tran took the stand briefly Monday and refused to answer questions, citing his constitutional rights against self-incrimination. He's charged with two lesser felonies in his son's death.
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ADRC Hosts Public Hearing Tuesday in Tomahawk on 3 Year Work Plan
Published on 10/23/2018 under News As part of an effort to gather feedback from the people they serve, the local Aging and Disability Resource Center is hosting a number of public hearings. The ADRC of Central Wisconsin serves 4 counties including Lincoln, Langlade, Marathon, and Wood Counties. In 2016, the ADRC made more than 1,000 contacts in Lincoln County which included serving more than 37,000 meals through their nutrition program. The staff are currently working on their triennial aging plan which will guide their services between 2019 and 2021. As part of the process, they are currently accepting public comments on the plan with a series of public hearings over the next week. That includes Tuesday, when they'll be stopped at the Tomahawk Senior Center at 11am. They'll be in Elcho Wednesday, and Wausau on Friday. You can also view the plan on their website and submit comments through October 31.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 10/23/2018 under News An officer observed a 27 year old male known to have a warrant through probation. Officers confirmed the warrant and took the individual into custody without incident. He was then brought to the Lincoln County Jail. Officers responded to a tree downed on a power-line near North Avenue. The officer confirmed that the wire was not an active electric line. He notified Public Service of the downed tree. An individual reported the theft of hockey equipment from SARA Park at some point over the weekend. Officers were called to a residence for a disturbance Saturday evening. One of the individuals had left the scene prior to the officers arrival, but was located a short time later. The officer determined the initial incident was verbal only, however the 26 year old was taken into custody for warrants and bail jumping.
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Hatchet Cross Country Team Sending Two to State
Published on 10/22/2018 under Sports On Saturday, Tomahawk competed in the WIAA Division 2 Sectional Cross-Country Meet at Irish Waters Golf Course in Freedom. The athletes were treated to some of the most challenging conditions for midlate October, as they raced for the chance to compete in the State Championships next weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. The Tomahawk Girls were keen to the task and led by junior Haley Voermans-Dean and freshman Macey Mann they handled the near white-out conditions and stiff northwest winds they were faced with in the varsity girls race. Haley raced to the top individual State-qualifying position 6th overall in a time of 20:46 and Macey grabbed the final State-qualifying position with her 13th place finish in a P.R. time of 21:13. Junior Meagan Berg (23rd-21:48), freshmen Kate Reilly (31st-22:09) and Emily Lacina (34th-22:37), senior Arianna Schreiner (37th-22:40), and junior Gillian Buckwalter (59th-23:52) rounded out the Sectional Hatchet contingent. The second ranked team in D2, Freedom (35 pts) and 4th-ranked Lakeland (46 pts) outdistanced the rest of the field with their state qualifying team performances. Mosinee (99 pts), then the lady Hatchets (107 pts), and Shawano (138 pts) rounded out the top five teams. 92 runners and 15 teams toed the line at the start of the girls D2 race. In the first race of the day, battling 30 mile an hour winds and sleet the Tomahawk boys matched their 4th place finish from a year ago. They placed three runners in the top 20, led by sophomores Drew Bolder (13th-17:35), Noah Buckwalter (14th-17:36) and senior Evan Ploeckelman (19th-17:42). The final Hatchets to finish their season at Sectionals were sophomore Garron Albrent (38th-18:16), senior Shawn Dirkx (44th-18:21), freshman Arden Ziert (56th-18:44) and sophomore Trey Baalke (60th-18:49). State ranked Freedom won the Sectional with 97 pts., followed by New London (107 pts.), Lakeland (126 pts.), Tomahawk (127 pts.), and Mosinee (128 pts.) who were all closely bunched in the hunt for the runnerup position and remaining spot for Rapids. 15-teams and 100 runners competed in the D2 Boys Sectional. The Great Northern Conference will be well-represented in Wisconsin Rapids, as along with the Hatchet duo of Voermans-Dean and Mann, girls teams from Lakeland and Medford (out of the Colby Sectional), and individuals from Mosinee (boys & girls), and Rhinelander (boys) qualified. The boys and girls both finished their season with improved overall records in comparison to last year. The boys varsity at W-114 L-14 (Pct .891) record and the girls concluded with a W-108 L-10 (Pct .915) mark.
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Week-Long Closure of South Tomahawk Avenue Begins for Rail Repairs
Published on 10/22/2018 under News Just a reminder for commuters in Tomahawk, that starting today, you may have to leave a little early. As we've covered several times over the past few months, CN Railroad will be completing some repairs and improvements to the railroad tracks crossing South Tomahawk Avenue/Hwy 86. Because that road is the lone way to cross the river in town, the posted detour will be lengthy. For semi traffic, the detour will head all the way to Highway 13. A round trip from one side of the tracks to the other would be 75 miles. Car traffic will be able to utilize town roads, but even the shortest route, utilizing Zenith Tower Road, will be 18 miles all the way around. Those routes will not be posted as detours. Emergency response vehicles will still be able to access the south side of town quickly through Bradley Park, but that will not be open for public access. The barricades were set up early Monday morning, and the road officially closed at 8am. The work is expected to last through Friday. Stay tuned to WJJQ for any updates.
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Prairie Rapids Bridge Re-Opened Following Month Long Repairs
Published on 10/22/2018 under News As one detour in the Tomahawk area begins, another comes to a close. Over the past month, crews have been working on the Prairie Rapids bridge on Prairie Rapids Road in Nokomis. That caused the bridge to be closed, and the work sent drivers on an 11.5 mile detour. We heard from the Town of Nokomis over the weekend. They announced that the bridge is now open to through traffic. They said the final phase of the project has been delayed. As a result, there is currently reduced speed limit in the work area between Point O' Pines Road and Peaceful Lane. With the work zone still posted, they as that everyone to be aware of the reduced speed limit and use caution when traveling through the area.
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Jury Selected, Trial to Begin in Death of Rhinelander Toddler
Published on 10/22/2018 under News A trial is expected to begin this week for a Rhinelander woman facing charges in the death of her step son. On Friday morning, a pool of jurors were selected for the case involving Ellen Tran. The 30 year old is facing first degree reckless homicide charges in the death of 20 month old Avery Edwards. The boy was found dead in April of 2017. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Oneida County Court. The court calendar shows 3 days set aside for proceedings.
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THS One Act Play Advances to Sectionals
Published on 10/22/2018 under News The Tomahawk High School One Act Play has advanced to the next round of competition. Tomahawk hosted the District 2 festival this past weekend. Six other schools joined the Hatchets for Saturday's event. The THS production of Complaint Department and Lemonade earned a score to advance to the sectionals. The Sectional Festival will be hosted at Green Bay West High School the first week of November.
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