Cancellations & Closings Due to Covid-19 Published on 05/03/2020 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 for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • 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 cancelled for the 2020 season.
  • Tomahawk City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice.
  • Merrill City Hall will be closed to public walk-ins.
  • 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 streamed on Sunday at 9:00 am. The link is at
  • The Tomahawk and Spirit United Methodist Churches are cancelling services until further notice.
  • 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 further notice.
  • All StrongBodies Classes in Tomahawk and Merrill are cancelled until further notice.
  • 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.
  • 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 until further notice.
  • Lincoln County's Summer ATV trails will remain closed until further notice and will not open on May 1.
  • Lincoln County's Underdown Horseback riding and biking trails will be closed until further notice and will not open May 1.
  • The Journeys Half Marathon in Eagle River on May 9 has been cancelled.
  • The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the Taste of Tomahawk that was scheduled for Saturday, May 16.
  • The Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo has been cancelled for June 12 through June 14, 2020.
  • The Red, White and Blue Day program that was scheduled for May 21 at the Tomahawk School District Fieldhouse has been cancelled.
  • The Pow Wow Days Fourth of July Festivities in Tomahawk have been cancelled.

In Other News

Pow Wow Days Event Gets New Date
Published on 08/11/2020 under Sports One of the great 4th of July traditions in Tomahawk has a new date. The Lions Club Pow Wow 5K/10K Fun Run event is set to take place on September 5th at 8:30 a.m. For registration and other race information, head to Races will be departing in waves from Memorial Park and social distancing will be followed. For those that want to make sure they secure a spot, "early bird" registration is running until Saturday, August 15th, with on-line registration open until September first and includes a t-shirt. You may register on the day of the race starting at 7 a.m., but that does not include a shirt.
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THS Cross Country Alumni Scrimmage Set Date
Published on 08/11/2020 under Sports Despite there still being some questions about fall sports this year, the Tomahawk Hatchets have one set date. The Cross Country team has set Saturday, August 22nd as their date for the 19th annual Alumni Scrimmage. It'll take place at Bradley Park, with the 5k race getting started at 10:00 am. Both Tomahawk Alumni, as well as TARA (Tomahawk Area Running Association) members  are welcome to attend and participate to meet the 2020 Hatchet runners. There is no cost to attend, but those that do plan to attend should call Coach Z ahead of time at 612-8975 and leave their name and graduating year. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, there will be no post-race social and social distancing will be practiced.
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August Primary: Northwoods Voters See Few Competitive Races
Published on 08/11/2020 under News Wisconsin voters will head to the polls today for the fall Primary. For most voters here in the Northwoods, the ballot is relatively light on competitive races. As we've previously covered, for most of our listening area, the lone race is the Republican Primary for the 35th assembly seat. The match-up features Calvin Callahan and Don Nelson. Both candidates were guests on our morning conversations last week and both are available in the WJJQ audio center. The winner of the primary will likely face Democratic candidate Tyler Ruprecht who is running unopposed. Elsewhere, Vilas County will hold a primary for Register of Deeds. Voters are reminded that this is a partisan primary meaning that you can only vote for one party even though the ballot contains candidates from multiple parties. This is the third election since the Coronavirus pandemic, and municipalities continue to use precautions for in-person voting. Here in Tomahawk, voting will be back at it's traditional location at SARA Park. Clerk Amanda Bartz noted that they will once again receive assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard as they did this spring. The guard members are part of a statewide effort to cover a shortage of poll workers. Many ballots have already been cast for today's election. The Wisconsin Elections Commission reported more than 900,000 absentee requests around the state. Here in Lincoln just over 3,800 absentee ballots were sent out. According to the WEC, just over half had been reported as returned. Like in-person voting, absentee ballots must be returned by 8pm today. They can be dropped off with your clerk or at your polling location.
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Northwoods Covid-19 Update: Lincoln County Reports First Death
Published on 08/11/2020 under News Lincoln County Reports First Covid-Related Death: The Lincoln County Health Department is confirming the first death in Lincoln County associated with COVID-19. The individual was in their 30's and had underlying health conditions. Lincoln County Health Director Shelley Hersil says, "We are saddened by the loss of one of our community members." She also encouraged a continued community approach to protecting one another including frequent hand-washing, practicing physical distancing, wearing face-coverings, and staying home when sick. Northwoods Covid-19 Test Results As for testing in the area, Lincoln County reported 1 new case of Covid-19. The individual is in their 60's and is currently isolating. The County has 68 cases overall, just 8 are active. The number of Covid cases continues to climb in Oneida County. The Health Department reported 23 new positive tests Monday, bringing the overall total to 154 cases. There are 52 active cases, including 4 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19 complications Vilas County reported 7 new cases Monday. The county has 64 cases overall; 50 are listed as active. National Guard Testing The Lincoln County Health Department will partner with the Wisconsin National Guard to hold a community testing event Friday at the Merrill Festival Grounds. The Oneida County Health Department says they are starting to receive results from their community testing held on Saturday. More than 300 samples were collected. The Health Department says they will issue a summary once all results are in.
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Nicolet Instructors to Present at International Conference on Online Learning
Published on 08/11/2020 under News Instructors from Nicolet College have been invited to present at an international conference this fall focused on virtual education. The School announced that their staff will use their experiences to present at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate conference. Nicolet's experience with online education goes back more than a dozen years, with the college being one of the early adopters in the state to deliver college credit classes in a virtual environment. Penny Kuckkhahn is the Nicolet director of Instructional Effectiveness and Flexible Learning. She says, "We were absolutely thrilled and honored to have our presentation proposals accepted for such a prestigious conference." She called the conference the gold standard in online learning and says being invited speaks volumes about the online education Nicolet delivers to students. One presentation will be on how the school converted their business law class online and how they deliver instruction without the cost of textbooks. The other will be on selecting the right technologies for online learning and how to use them effectively. Due to the pandemic, Nicolet will deliver its two conference presentations virtually. The event is scheduled for November. They anticipate more than 1,000 professional educators from around the world will participate either in-person or online.
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Vandals Hit River Bend Trail in Merrill
Published on 08/11/2020 under News The River Bend Trail in Merrill is latest target of vandalism that has hit Lincoln County all summer long. According to the Friends of the Trail group, the vandals sprayed graffiti, smashed lights and damaged signs. A number of citizens partnered with city employees to clean the graffiti. Based on community support, the Friends group is partnering with the Merrill Chamber to start a reward fund. If, by the end of September, no suspects have been identified; they will use the donations to help fix the lighting with new damage resistant covers. They're also encouraging anyone with information on this or any vandalism instances in Lincoln County to contact Merrill Police, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers of Lincoln County.
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Three Speeders Clocked 90+mph on Highway 51 in Lincoln County
Published on 08/10/2020 under News The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office conducted three high speed traffic stops over the weekend including one teen traveling more than 40 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.  All three violations were posted in the weekly Sheriff's report. The first incident happened Friday evening while a deputy was monitoring traffic on Highway 51 near Merrill. The radar indicated a vehicle traveling 106 in a 65 zone. The driver was a 16 year old from Merrill. On Saturday, a deputy clocked a 16 year old Illinois youth on Highway 51 near US 8 north of Tomahawk traveling 92 in a 65 zone. A short time later, in the same area, a 43 year old Merrill woman was cited traveling 90 in a 55 zone. The Sheriff's Office indicated that all three citations would result in the loss of a driver's license.
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Lincoln County Drive-Thru Covid Testing Scheduled for Friday
Published on 08/10/2020 under News The Lincoln County Health Department announced another free community testing event later this week. Coming up on Friday, they'll partner with the Wisconsin National Guard to provide drive-thru testing at the Merrill Festival Grounds. Hours will be from 11am to 7pm while testing supplies last. The event is available to anyone 5 or older who lives or works in Wisconsin.They do encourage people planning on being tested to register ahead of time to speed up the process. You can do so by visiting the Covid Connect website. This will be the second guard testing event in Merrill. The first was held back on June 11; 100 people were tested at the first event. We'll have more on this event later this week. Photo provided by Wisconsin National Guard from the June 11 Covid-19 testing event at the Merrill Festival Grounds.
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Weekend Covid-19 Reporting in Northwoods
Published on 08/10/2020 under News Local health departments reported a number of new covid-19 cases over the weekend. Oneida County had 12 additional cases, bringing the overall total to 131. The county reported 42 cases last week alone. There are currently 37 active cases including two hospitalizations. Vilas County now has 57 cases after three additional positive tests. In Lincoln County, there were were no new cases in the most recent update provided on Friday afternoon. The county has 67 cases since the pandemic began. Langlade county reported 3 new cases bringing their total to 62. One patient has now been released from the hospital, one remains. Price County reported 4 new cases. The County now has 31 positive tests. The Taylor County Health Department has confirmed their first Covid-related death. No other information was provided.
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Road Update: New Highway 45 Project near Elcho
Published on 08/10/2020 under News The DoT announced another new project set to begin this week in Langlade County. Crews will start a $2.1 million resurfacing project on Highway 45 to the North and South of Elcho. Work zones include Highway 45 from County J to Clinic Street and from Otter Lake Lane to the Oneida County Line. Crews will be working on replacing the asphalt, widening shoulders, installing new markings and replacing culverts, guardrails, curb and gutter. Traffic will remain open with some single-lane closures and flagging. Work is scheduled through September. Quickly checking other ongoing projects in the Northwoods. •In Vilas County crews are working on the Wisconsin River Bridge on Rummels Road near Conover. This week crews plan to pour the west abutment, then move on to the east side. Traffic is detoured at the bridge. •A Highway 47 project near Rhinelander continues. This week the schedule includes asphalt patching around the medians at the intersection of County K. Restoration behind the new curb & gutter. The Wildwood Drive culvert will also be replaced. •And here in Lincoln County, crews continue to work on the Highway 64 Pine River Bridge near Merrill. Crews will continue work on the west abutment including backfilling, concrete work and placement of riprap. Bridge beam setting is scheduled for next Monday. Traffic is open with the utilization of a temporary bridge structure. In addition to the DoT projects, we were notified of one local project getting underway this week. The Town of Bradley announced that a segment of Tannery Road will be closed later this week. Road crews will be working on a segment of Tannery between Highway 8 and Jersey Lane. As a result, the road will be closed to thru traffic on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
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