Fall Ride: 'THE REF' Mobile Classroom Teaches Motorcycle Safety Published on 09/14/2018 under News
With tens of thousands of motorcycles in the Tomahawk area, safety is paramount.

The Department of Transportation is passing along that message with their transportable high-end rider education facility, better known as "the REF."

Built with federal funding, the 40-foot-long REF trailer is more than just a mobile classroom. It is an interactive learning environment for both riders and non-riders to learn more about sharing the road, crash avoidance and awareness of traffic and road hazards.

Among the numerous features are two traffic simulators that give riders real world experience. It also has distracted driver and impairment simulation programs as well as touch screen monitors to test safety knowledge.

The DOT says the REF and other Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program rider-training initiatives are designed to save lives and reduce injuries among all motorcyclists-from beginners to experts.

It'll be parked at SARA Park from 10-6 on Friday and Saturday.

In Other News

City of Tomahawk Asks Residents to Weigh in on Outdoor Recreation
Published on 11/13/2018 under News Outdoor enthusiasts that utilize Tomahawk parks, trails and other areas will have a chance to weigh in on those opportunities. The city is currently updating their Outdoor Recreation Plan, which sets the city's recreational direction for the next five years. Officials are partnering with the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to complete the work. That includes a short online survey for those who participate in outdoor recreation. The survey includes approximately 20 questions on topics such as park usage, types of recreational activities, and rating the various parks and trails in town. There is even a short exercise to spend imaginary dollars on various improvements. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and includes areas for comments, as well. Once the data is gathered, the City will move forward with completing the plan which will serve as a rough guide to the city's recreation planning. They are accepting the online surveys through November 30. A link is available on the city Facebook page.
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Lincoln County Sheriff Reminds Hunters to Check County Ordinances on Public Lands
Published on 11/13/2018 under News With deer season just a few days away, a local law enforcement agency is reminding hunters to check up on local ordinances. In their weekly report, the Lincoln County Sheriff issued their annual caution and areas where they typically see violations. First up is people using ATVs or UTVs in restricted areas. Other common violations they cite people for include: constructing permanent stands or using screw in climbing pegs on county owned property and trespassing. The Sheriff says the Rec. Deputy will be patrolling county lands and enforce laws and helping to ensure everyone has a safe hunting season. They added one other reminder for hunters heading to their cabins to check that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
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Rep. Felzkowski Elected Assistant Majority Leader
Published on 11/13/2018 under News Fresh off of her re-election, a local representative has been voted to a leadership position in the State Assembly. Representative Mary Felzkowski announced that the Republican Caucus elected her to the post of Assistant Majority leader for the upcoming legislative session. In the announcement, she said, "I want to thank my fellow caucus members for the faith they have placed in me. I promise to aid every single member in advocating on behalf of our entire sixty-three member caucus, all while ensuring our conservative principles and core values remain uncompromised as we enter uncharted political territory." Felzkowski is wrapping up her third term as representative of the 35th district serving Lincoln County, as well as portions of several surrounding counties. She earned a fourth term by defeating Democratic challenger Mark Martello in last week's election with 64% of the vote.
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UW-SP Reduces Number of Majors Being Eliminated
Published on 11/13/2018 under News STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point officials have reduced the number of majors slated for elimination by more than half. The school in March proposed eliminating 13 programs to help cope with a projected $4.5 million budget deficit over two years. University officials announced Monday that they've modified the proposal to cut six majors, including French, German, geoscience, geography, history and two bachelor's degree concentrations in art. University officials said they were able to save the remaining seven majors due to faculty retirements and resignations resulting from deficits and decreasing enrollment. UW System regents must sign off on the proposal. The university says a final plan must be ready by spring to coincide with submission of the next fiscal year's budget.
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Hunters Can Make Contribution with Online License Purchase
Published on 11/13/2018 under News Hunters buying their deer tags have the opportunity to make a small donation that makes a big difference in wildlife habitat on state lands. The DNR says before people utilizing the Go Wild Licensing system check out, an on-screen prompt will ask for a small donation to the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoor Fund. The public/private fund is an endowment created in 2012 with a goal of enhancing Wisconsin's 1.5 million acres of public lands and waters. The endowment is largely funded by the donations made when people purchase a hunting or fishing license or reserve a campsite. Sanjay Olson leads the DNR's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Division. He says "Cherish funds are already making a difference this fall on the ground for wildlife, and for Wisconsin hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts." Olson says they are grateful to everyone who has contributed so far, and encouraged anyone purchasing a license to consider donating as well.
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Fatal Crash in Oneida County Friday
Published on 11/12/2018 under News One person died, another was injured in a vehicle crash in Oneida County over the weekend. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, that accident happened Friday evening on Highway 8, west of Rhinelander. A westbound passenger car lost control near Shady Rest Road. After crossing the center line, the vehicle struck an eastbound semi head on. The driver of the car, a 52 year old Merrill woman suffered fatal injuries. Her name was not immediately released. The driver of the semi, a Rhinelander man, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The Wisconsin State Patrol says that Highway 8 was closed for more than 9 hours over night Friday into Saturday morning.
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Lincoln County Health Dept: Consider Flu Shot before Holidays
Published on 11/12/2018 under News With the holiday season right around the corner, the Lincoln County Health Department is again reminding residents to get a flu shot. As people get together for family events, they can come into exposure of the flu. While there are a number of steps you can take to avoid the bug, one of the easiest is to get a flu vaccine. Lincoln County Public Health nurse Jennifer Johnson notes that it can take up to two weeks for the flu shot to take effect. Last year, in Lincoln County, 42 residents were hospitalized due to the flu. The Lincoln County Health Department will continue to offer their Walk-In Wednesday Flu Shot Clinics for the next two weeks (November 14 and November 21) from 8:30am to 4:00pm. After that, an appointment will be required.
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Hunters Reminded Not to Transport Firewood
Published on 11/12/2018 under News Later this week, hunters will be heading to their cabins and shacks, and officials are asking hunters to leave firewood at home. Instead, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection says to buy wood near your destination or purchase kiln-dried, certified wood. That's because harmful pests and diseases may be hiding in that wood including gypsy moth, emerald ash borer and the fungus that causes oak wilt. Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau with the Department noted that each of those invaders can destroy forests that deer and other wildlife rely on, in addition to the numerous other environmental benefits the forests provide. Many counties currently are under quarantine making it illegal to transfer hardwood firewood. So the department recommends hunters buy firewood with a DATCP-certified label, gather or buy your wood at your destination, and use all the firewood you get and don't bring it home with you unless it is certified. The DATCP has a list of dealers that have been certified, including Foley's Forest Products here in Tomahawk.
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Rhinelander DECA 'Trick or Can' Brings in 1,600 Food Items
Published on 11/12/2018 under News While Halloween is now in the rear-view mirror, a group of Rhinelander students are celebrating another successful food collection effort. This was the third year the Rhinelander FBLA/DECA conducted their 'Trick or Can' food drive. In the lead up to Halloween, the 26 student members hit the streets of Rhinelander to collect a food for the local food pantry. It's part of a larger program with all participating DECA schools. Instead of the traditional food drive where students sit at a table and wait for the community to bring the food to them, organizers say the 'Trick or Can' brings the food drive to the community's door, not only collecting non-perishable food items, but also raising awareness for an issue in the community. This year, the Rhinelander students announced that they collected more than 1,600 food items. They said they were happy to rise into the upper levels of the state collection totals and are looking forward to expanding to additional neighborhoods next year. Photo: Students are showing the DECA diamond symbol with their hands before going out to pick up food items being donated to the local food pantry. Front row: Abigail Krueger, Isabella Anderson, Makenna Brown, Hannah Worachek, Summer Plouf, Rory Schwartz, Alyssa Wiederman. Second row: Zoe Lewallen, Brianna Hagen, Mariah McCue, Valerie Dalka, Brooke Mork, Emma Rutlin, Tatum Puls, Morgan Linde, Shyla Wickman, Hunter Hicks, Ryan Jamison, McKenna Nash. Back row: Maile Llanos, Natasha Wacker, Kahlie Arneson, Erika Jorgenson, Julian Rudawski, Koldyn Gechas, Ty Welk, Jackson Smith, and Ashton Gillespie
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Report
Published on 11/12/2018 under News A 63 year old Ringle man was taken into custody Tuesday evening after deputies investigated a crash in the Town of Pine River at 8:30pm. The male drove off the roadway and became stuck. He was cited for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Several reports of vehicles sliding off the roadway were received on Wednesday starting at around 5:30 AM. Traffic on southbound US Hwy 51 was slowed for hours after a truck pulling a trailer left the roadway and overturned. The driver was not hurt in the crash. Deputies were on the scene for almost three hours until the vehicle was removed. A 27 year old Gleason man was arrested Saturday evening on a battery charge. Deputies arrested the man at a residence in the Town of Russell. A 20 year old Tomahawk man was arrested Sunday morning after a single vehicle crash in the Town of Bradley at 1:22 AM. The driver displayed signs of impairment and was cited for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated first offense. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor count of bail jumping for violating a bail bond related to drug possession that required absolute sobriety. A 45 year old Merrill man was arrested Sunday evening after deputies responded to a report of disturbance in the Town of Pine River at 8:07 PM. The man was arrested for disorderly conduct. Over the weekend 18 traffic incidents were investigated where vehicles slid off the road or crashed. An 18 year old South Milwaukee man was transported by EMS to Aspirus Wausau Hospital after he crashed his vehicle in the Town of Birch. The number of car vs deer crashes continues to increase with 25 being reported this past week.
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