Cancellations & Closings Due to Covid-19 Published on 03/30/2020 under News
Covid-19 has caused cancellations in the Northwoods area.  Stay up-to-date with our listings:
  • Tomahawk Schools and St. Mary's School are now closed until further notice.
  • The Tomahawk Public Library will be suspending all operations and cancelling all programs and events.
  • T.B. SCOTT Free Library in Merrill is closed until further notice.
  • The Rhinelander District Library will be closed until further notice.
  • The Demmer Library in Three Lakes will closed until further notice.
  • The WIAA announces all school spring sports activities are postponed until further notice.
  • Tomahawk City Hall will be closed to the public until April 6. They are looking to eliminate the potential exposure at city buildings to protect city staff and the general public.
  • Merrill City Hall will be closed to public walk-ins, except for those casting an absentee ballot.
  • Tomahawk Senior Center will be closed to non-essential public gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus among our most vulnerable population. This closure is until further notice.
  • The YMCA of the Northwoods will temporarily suspend all operations outside of licensed child care.
  • The Oneida County Sheriff's Office lobby will not be open to the public and there will no longer be video visitation in the front lobby vestibule.
  • The Tomahawk Police Department is closing their lobby to walk-ins until further notice.  They are also temporarily discontinuing drug take backs and syringe disposal.
  • The Merrill / Tomahawk Municipal Court Clerk's Office is closed to walk-in business until further notice.
  • The Town of Bradley town hall is closed to the public until further notice.
  • The Town of King Recycling Site is closed until further notice.
  • The Kinship House in Tomahawk is closed until further notice. 
  • The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce will closed until further notice.  They will be checking email and voicemail.
  • All public Masses are cancelled at St. Mary - Tomahawk, St. Augustine - Harrison and St. Francis - Pier Willow.  Please refer to St. Mary's website to read the most recent letter from the Bishop.
  • Grace Lutheran Church has cancelled all services, soup meals and events until further notice.  Their worship services can be streams on Sunday at 9:00 am and Wednesdays during Lent at 1:00 pm.  The link is at www.gracelutherantomahawk.org
  • The Tomahawk and Spirit United Methodist Churches are cancelling services until April 5.
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church in downtown Tomahawk is cancelling all regular scheduled services, activities and events until further notice.
  • Redeemer Ev. Lutheran Church has cancelled all services until further notice.
  • Northland Bible Church has cancelled all worship services until further notice.  Visit the church's website for further information.
  • Northwoods Vineyard Church has cancelled all worship services until further notices.  Services are available on their website.
  • All masses at Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff are cancelled until further notice.
  • Eagle Summit Healing Rooms are temporarily closed and the Thursday evening prayer sessions will continue as soon as possible.
  • The Wednesday Night Cribbage at VFW Post is Tomahawk is cancelled until Fall.
  • St. Mary's Thrift Cellar of Tomahawk is now closed until further notice.  No donations will be accepted. 
  • The Tomahawk Community Thrift Shop will not be accepting donations and will be closed until further notice.
  • The Merrill-Go-Round has suspended transit services until further notice.
  • All dance classes at the Terry Bucaro Dance Studio are cancelled until April 6.  The pictures that were scheduled for April 4 are also cancelled.
  • All StrongBodies Classes in Tomahawk and Merrill are cancelled until April 13.
  • The Monday evening Yoga Class held at the Corpus Christi Center in Tomahawk are cancelled until further notice.
  • The Open Arms Community Soup Kitchen at the Corpus Christi Center on Tuesdays is cancelled until further notice.
  • AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Sites Service Suspended Until Further Notice in Marathon, Lincoln, Portage, Wood, Taylor and Langlade counties.
  • Effective immediately, the Oneida County Veterans Service Office is suspending service on the Oneida County DAV van that takes veterans to medical appointments at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, MI through at least Friday, April 3.
  • All events that were scheduled in April at the Rock Garden Tavern and FoFS Studio at the Wisconsin Concrete Park have been cancelled.
  • The Tomahawk Ducks Unlimited Banquet that was scheduled for Thursday, April 2 at the Rodeway Inn & Suites has been cancelled.
  • The WJJQ Home, Sport and Travel Show with Health Expo scheduled for April 4 and April 5 has been cancelled.
  • The City of Merrill Park and Recreation Department's Children Festival scheduled for April 4 will be postponed until further notice.
  • The City of Merrill Park and Recreation Department has cancelled their Easter Egg Hunt that was scheduled for April 11.
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church has cancelled the free Community Easter Dinner that was schedule for Sunday, April 12 at Rodeway Inn & Suites in Tomahawk.
  • The Tomahawk Cornhole League Meeting that was scheduled for April 16 at Lisa's Pub & Grub has been postponed.
  • The Tomahawk Area Interfaith Volunteers Spring Event, "Magical Night of Comedy for a Cause" that was scheduled for April 18 has been cancelled.
  • The Journeys Half Marathon in Eagle River on May 9 has been cancelled.
  • The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce has postponed the Taste of Tomahawk to Saturday, May 16.
  • The Red, White and Blue Day program that was scheduled for May 21 at the Tomahawk School District Fieldhouse has been cancelled.

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Judge Extends Absentee Ballot Deadline to Friday
Published on 04/03/2020 under News While Wisconsin's election is still scheduled for next Tuesday, two deadlines have been extended. On Thursday, US District Judge William Conley extended the deadline to request an absentee ballot by another day. Lincoln County Clerk Chris Marlowe says that absentee requests can now be made through 5pm Friday (today). Conley's ruling also extended the deadline for clerks to accept absentee ballots. Marlowe says they will accept those ballots through Monday, April 13th at 4pm. Those delayed ballots must still be postmarked by election day. Traditionally, we learn the results of the election within a few hours of the polls closing. This extension will delay those results by a week, as well.
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Local Clerk: Return Absentee Ballots Seperately
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Tomahawk Schools End Bus Route Delivery; Pick Up Continues
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Absentee Ballots Requests Continue to Climb
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Ascension Expands COVID-19 Testing in Tomahawk, Woodruff
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Tomahawk Moves Polling Location to City Hall
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Absentee Ballots Being Sent at Record Numbers
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