Merrill Citizens Target 5 Alderman with Recall Published on 03/14/2019 under News A group of Merrill citizens have launched a recall effort that would replace more than half of the community's city council.

One of the driving forces was a confusing budget process that saw the first spending plan vetoed and ultimately led to a higher-than-expected 7.4% increase. Yesterday, those concerned citizens filed statements of "intent to recall" against 5 alderman. Those targeted include: council president Rob Norton and aldermen Paul Russell, John VanLieshout, Dave Sukow, and Tim Meehean.

The statements cite mismanagement, misinformation, and violations of open meeting laws.

As for the process, the petitioners have 60 days to collect enough signatures. The total varies, based on the number of votes cast in each district during the most recent governor's election. A recall election would be held 6 weeks after the petitions and signatures are verified.

The officials being targeted continue to serve throughout the process.

The recall group is planning to host a "recall rally" next Tuesday.

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85 Tomahawk High School Students to Graduate Friday
Published on 05/24/2019 under News Another group of Tomahawk High School students will reach a milestone with the THS graduation ceremony this evening. Rather than the traditional weekend ceremony, this year's festivities will actually beheld this evening at 7pm in the traditional field house location. According to the district, 85 seniors are expected to cross the stage to receive their diplomas. The class of 2019 actually had 4 students share the valedictorian honors. The recipients: Abigail Norman, Taylor Schilts, Kaylie Svacina, and Katy Volz are all expected to address their fellow graduates during the ceremony. The other Top 10 students graduating with honors include: Evan Ploeckelman, Shelby Benaszeski, Whitney Osero, Arianna Schreiner, Kelly Martin, and Kersten Zehner. _____ Catching up on some news from earlier this week, those THS seniors received one last gift from the community. The district held their annual scholarship night Wednesday. Of those 85 graduates more than 50 received scholarships to help them in their future education. At those awards alone, more than $192,000 in scholarships were presented to the students, with a majority of those dollars coming from right here in the Tomahawk community.
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Hatchet Baseball Team Season Ends in Regionals
Published on 05/24/2019 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Baseball Team traveled to Stevens Point on Thursday for WIAA Regional Quarter Final action against Pacelli.  The Cardinals defeated the Hatchets 6-5. The Hatchets scored first, with two runs in the second. Pacelli answered with four in the third inning to take a 4-2 lead. The Hatchets then responded by scoring one run in the fourth and the fifth to tie the game at 4-4. Pacelli then had a 2 out two run double to take the lead 6-4 going into the final inning.  The Hatchets responded by scoring one run on a sacrafice fly, but couldn't scratch another run across making the final score 6-5. Sam VonSchrader was great on the mound giving up only 2 runs over his 6 innings of work. The Hatchets didn't play great defensively and had 4 errors in the game. Offensively the hatchets totaled eight hits, Tony Matti lead the hatchets with two hits.
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Hatchet Track & Field Teams Compete at Sectionals
Published on 05/24/2019 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Track and Field Teams sent 15 event and 25 individuals to the WIAA Sectional Meet on Thursday at Mosinee High School. Tomahawk did not have any top four finishers, so their season comes to an end. Top finishers for the Hatchets were: -6th Katie Pierce - Shot Put -7th Girls 4 x 800 - Meagan Berg, Macey Mann, Kate Reilly, Emily Lacina -7th Drew Bolder- 3200m Run -8th Cody Jablonski- 100m Dash -9th Boys 4x800 - Noah Buckwalter, Keaton Jed, Trey Baalke, Evan Ploeckelman -9th Micah Arnott - High Jump -10th Noah Buckwalter - 800m Run -11th Drew Bolder - 1600m Run -11th Meagan Berg - 1600m Run -12th 4 x 200 Relay Girls - Mallorie Watland-Copiskey, Autumn Peissig, Tiana Gerstenberger, Maddie McCormick -13th 4 x 200m Relay Boys - Sam Solie, Eric Strong, Cody Jablonski, Wyatt Wenninger -13th Austin Snow - Pole Vault -13th Mallorie Watland Copiskey - 300m Hurdles -15th Emily Maki - Triple Jump -15th Emily Maki - 100m High Hurdles -16th Emily Maki - 300m Hurdles
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Hatchet Softball Team's Season Comes to an End
Published on 05/24/2019 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Softball Team traveled to Nekoosa on Thursday for WIAA Regional Final action. Nekoosa advances to sectionals with a 3-1 win over the Hatchets.
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Main Street Memories Car Show Back for 25th Year
Published on 05/24/2019 under News Here in Tomahawk, Memorial Day weekend brings the return of the Main Street Memories Car Show. It's a special 25th anniversary for the celebration. What began with just a handful of cars, has grown to regularly feature around 300 cars each year. Main Street Director Aimee Dickrell joined Jeff on the Morning Forum earlier this week to discuss the show. She says with that many entries, there is something for everyone. That includes vintage classics to souped-up modern vehicles. Dickrell says they once again have more than 50 trophies to hand out including: youngest participant, largest club participation, best in show, people's choice and more. For a car show, owners are very particular on the weather. Dickrell joked that she has been monitoring the forecasts frequently, and anticipates a beautiful day on Sunday for both participants and visitors. In addition to the cars, there are a lot of other free downtown activities planned for the event. Dickrell says they have a number children's activities, entertainment, and plenty of good food. That's Sunday from 9am-4pm. The trophy presentation is at 3pm.
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Merrill Clerk to Release Review of Recall Petitions Friday
Published on 05/24/2019 under News We expect to learn later today whether the attempt to recall 5 Merrill aldermen will continue. Merrill City Clerk Bill Heideman announced that the certificates of sufficiency or insufficiency of the recall petitions will be issued this afternoon. Heideman says the certificates will outline the review of the petitions and challenges. It will also include determinations as to whether the petitions contain enough valid signatures to require recall elections. The recall effort is the largely result of a the 2019 budget process which initially saw a veto, and ultimately lead to larger than anticipated 7.4% tax increase. Alderman targeted by the recall include Paul Russell, John Van Lieshout, Dave Sukow, Tim Meehean, and Council president Rob Norton. The number of required signatures varied by district based on a percentage of votes cast in the gubernatorial election. When submitted last month, the recall group secured at least 10 signatures more than necessary for each candidate. The results of the recall petition review will be released at 3pm this afternoon.
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Deputies Investigating Death near Nicolet Campus Entrance
Published on 05/24/2019 under News The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is investigating a death near the Nicolet College campus. According to a news release, deputies received a call at approximately 4:00pm of a man lying face down at the Highway G entrance to Nicolet College. The initial call indicated the man had sustained a gun shot wound. Responders attempted life saving measures and brought the individual to St. Mary's Hospital. He died a short time later. According to the Sheriff's Office, their initial investigation indicates the shot was self-inflicted. They said the Nicolet campus and the public were not in any danger. Both the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Oneida County Medical Examiner's Office are continuing to investigate the incident.
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Union Grove Highlights Saturday Memorial Day Observances
Published on 05/24/2019 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 now regularly draws more than 500 attendees. In recent years, they've also established 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. Other Saturday Memorial Day Services include: The Veterans Memorial Service at Prairie Rapids Cemetery is at 9:00 am On Monday: The traditional Tomahawk Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 10am at Veteran's Memorial Park. They'll continue on to Greenwood Cemetery at 10:45; Calvary Cemetery at 11:15; and Oak Hill Cemetery at 11:45am. Merrill will host their traditional ceremony in the High School Auditorium. The City Band will play at 10:30am with the ceremony at 11am. Rhinelander's Memorial Day ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. in the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center (formerly Rhinelander High School Auditorium).  Guest speaker is Rep. Rob Swearingen, and MC is local attorney and Navy veteran, Brian Bennett. The American Legion Post 452 of Spirit, will provide military honors at the following cemeteries: Know at 8:30 am, St. Mary's at 8:45 am, Clifford Public and Levitt Creek at 9:00 am, Finlander at 9:15 am, Garden of Memory at 10:00 am, Hillside at 11:00 am and Hillcrest at 2:00 pm. There will be a potluck at 11:30 am in the basement of the Spirit Town Hall. The annual Memorial Day program is at 1:00 pm.
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Transporting Firewood Can Spread Destructive Pests, Disease
Published on 05/24/2019 under News Camping and cabin season kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend, and officials are reminding people that hauling firewood from home could help spread emerald ash borer, gypsy moth or other destructive pests and diseases.  Brian Kuhn with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says"'Buy it where you burn it' is always good advice." He says you can also buy certified firewood that has been deemed safe to transport. Kuhn notes that state parks require that firewood be brought from no more than 10 miles away. National forests require it to be purchased within 25 miles. Many private campgrounds have similar or even more stringent restrictions. Kuhn says, "You can't just look at wood and see pests and diseases. They may be under the bark or burrowed into the wood, or they may be microscopic pathogens." He says, "In the balance of things, the health of our forests – 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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Opener for Musky Season in Northern Zone
Published on 05/24/2019 under News 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 Highway 10.
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