THS Earns Honor for Advanced Placement Participation; Test Results Published on 06/09/2021 under News Based on participation and success in Advanced Placement courses, Tomahawk students have again earned a state honor.

At last night's Tomahawk School Board meeting, Principal Ryan Huseby shared that Tomahawk High School was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Counsel with a Pace Setter Award for last school year.

Advanced Placement or AP courses are higher level offerings taught in the High School. At the conclusion of the year, the students, through testing, are able to earn college credits or test out of college courses.

To reach the achievements, more than 10% of THS students took an AP exam and 60% of those students earned a score of 3 or higher on the 5 point scale.  This is the 8th consecutive year THS has earned the Pace Setter award.

Huseby noted the district continues to work on getting more students involved in AP courses.
THS offers AP courses in more than a half dozen areas including Biology, English and History.


THS Principal Ryan Huseby also shared that the recent class of THS graduates was again well-rewarded by the community.

At their senior awards night, held ahead of graduation, the senior class shared in more than $145,000 in scholarship.

Huseby emphasized that these were just support provided by local businesses, community groups, organizations and families. While new scholarships are frequently added, Huseby highlighted the fact that many of these scholarships have been around for 10 to 20 years or longer.

He again wanted to thank the community for the tremendous support for these students.

In Other News

Hatchets Sports Recap - Monday
Published on 06/15/2021 under Sports SOFTBALL: The season for the Tomahawk Hatchets Softball Team came to end with a heartbreaking 8-7 loss in 11 innings to the Westfield Pioneers in the WIAA Tournament on Monday.  The Hatchets scored first with one run in the first inning, but Westfield took a 4-1 lead with 4 runs in the third inning. They added one more run to take a 5-1 lead to the bottom of the fifth inning. But the Hatchets stormed back with 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 5. The game stayed tied and went to extra innings.  Maddie Marino (Tomahawk) and Trista Drew (Westfield) both pitched the entire game for their teams and kept the opposition scoreless until the 11th inning. Westfield scored 3 runs in the top of the 11th inning, and the Hatchets had work to do in the bottom of the 11th. The Hatchets were able to score 2 runs, but Maddie Marino flew out to centerfield with Scout Stromberg on second base to end the game. The Hatchets lost 8-7 and Westfield moves on in the WIAA Tournament.  TRACK AND FIELD: The Hatchets Girls and Boys Track and Field Teams competed in the WIAA Regional Meet in Medford on Monday. Many Hatchets qualified for the WIAA Sectional Meet on Thursday. See below. Girls Sectional Qualifiers: -2nd Rachael Reilly- 3200m run -3rd 4x800m relay- Morgan Hansmann, Kate Reilly, Rachael Reilly, Macey Mann -3rd 4x200m relay- Maddie McCormick, Autumn Peissig, Halle Derleth, Karlie Woodall -4th Ava Dragosh Pole Vault Boys Sectional Qualifiers:-1st Ethan Liebnitz Pole Vault -1st Noah Buckwalter 800m run -2nd Drew Bolder 1600m Run -2nd Drew Bolder 3200m run -2nd Alex Norman 800m run -4th Dakota Jelinek Long Jump
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Nicolet Named 'Promising Place to Work' by National Diversity Groups
Published on 06/15/2021 under News For the second consecutive year, Nicolet College has been named a 'Promising Places to Work' award winner by two national organizations that support diversity efforts by community colleges across the country. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development partnered with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education to recognize Nicolet for its  "best-in-class student and staff recruitment and retention practices, inclusive learning and working environments, and meaningful community service and engagement opportunities." The school highlighted several recent efforts that contributed to the award including their 10 member diversity, equity and inclusion committee, interviewer bias training on hiring committees, and professional development workshops by indigenous presenters. They've been able to utilize a grant from the Lumina Foundation to build clearer pathways to degrees for adults, particularly those of color or Native America Learners. Nicolet also works with the Wisconsin Indian Education Association to implement 'The Many Ways of Knowing: American Indian Culture Competencies for Community College Career Pathways' 'project. Nicolet was the only college in Wisconsin and one of 16 across the country to receive the honor in the two most recent years.
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Update: Victims Identified in Fatal Brokaw Crash
Published on 06/15/2021 under News Officials have released the names of the two victims in a fatal crash this weekend in Brokaw. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, that three vehicle collision happened Sunday afternoon on Highway 51 South. The initial investigation showed the first SUV rear-ended a second, sending that vehicle forward into a third SUV. The two backseat passengers in the middle vehicle sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. Yesterday, the State Patrol identified the victims as 88 year old Ralph Rosenbecker and 99 year old Darlene Rosenbecker. Both are from Mukwonago. Between the three vehicles, there were five other occupants. None listed further injuries from the crash. The Wisconsin State Patrol and the Marathon County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate.
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Blood Donations Encouraged Ahead of Summer; Declining Inventory
Published on 06/15/2021 under News Officials are encouraging blood donations with a dwindling inventory ahead of their busiest season. On Monday, the American Red Cross highlighted a "severe blood shortage" on World Blood Donor Day, recognized yesterday. They note that hospitals are currently responding to an atypically high number of traumas and emergency room visits. And this year, they note that more patients are being treated at hospitals after deferring their care during the pandemic. This comes ahead of the summer, which is typically when blood donations are most in demand due to travel and other summer activities. Dr. Baia Lasky is medical director with the Red Cross. Lasky says, "As many people begin to enjoy travel and time with loved ones again this summer, patients are relying on the generosity of donors to help ensure they have access to the treatment they need." We routinely post local blood drives in the WJJQ Community Calendar including both the American Red Cross and Community Blood Center.
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Local Communities Planning for 'Normal' 4th of July Celebrations
Published on 06/15/2021 under News The Fourth of July is less than a month away. After a one year pause due to the pandemic, a number of Northwoods celebrations will return in 2021. Last year, most July 4th celebrations in the Northwoods were postponed. Local organizers have been busy planning for a return this Independence Day. We've recently received schedules for a number of community celebrations. The latest came from Merrill City Administrator David Johnson. On Monday, he confirmed that the annual Merrill fireworks show would return this year. A bit further north, the respective Chambers in Eagle River, Rhinelander, and Minocqua have all shared their 4th of July parades will be back and they are accepting parade entries. As we've mentioned a number of times here on WJJQ, the Tomahawk Lions Club have been busy planning this year's Powwow Days celebration as well. Of course, we'll be covering these events as they approach.
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14 Projects Receive Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants; Two Local Recipients
Published on 06/15/2021 under News Fourteen food projects across Wisconsin have been selected to receive grants through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin  program including two here in the Northern Wisconsin. The grants are administered through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The program is designed to strengthen Wisconsin's agriculture and food industries by helping farms and businesses more efficiently process, market,and distribute locally grown foods and products. Kara Kasten-Olson, DATCP Agriculture Programs Supervisor says, "These grants are intended to support the diverse sectors of Wisconsin agriculture, and outcomes generated by the grant recipients provide benefits to local communities and serve as models for others in the food industry." The 14 recipients were selected from 37 requests. Together they'll share $300,000. Local recipients include: 45 Mercantile in Antigo- Increasing processing and sales capacity and creating branding, website, signage,and photography for featured products and e-commerce Forest Co. Potawatomi Comm. in Crandon- Increasing farm-related opportunities and purchasing necessary supplies and materials.
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Two Dead in Multi-vehicle Crash on Hwy 51 in Brokaw
Published on 06/14/2021 under News Two people are dead in a multi-vehicle crash in Northern Marathon County Sunday afternoon. According to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, that crash happened at shortly before 1:30pm on southbound Highway 51 in Brokaw. Three SUVs were involved. According to the initial report, the first vehicle rear-ended the second, sending it forward into a third vehicle. According to the trooper's report two occupants in the rear seat of the middle vehicle were severely injured and pronounced dead at the scene. Names of those involved were not immediately released. The two victims were listed as an 88 year old male and 99 year old female from Mukwonago. No other injuries were reported among the 5 other vehicle occupants. The crash remains under investigation.
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Overnight Fire at Sting Ray's in Arbor Vitae
Published on 06/14/2021 under News Firefighters responded to a blaze at an Arbor Vitae restaurant over night. According to the Vilas County Sheriff's Office, crews were called to Sting Ray's Bar and Grill for that fire at shortly before 1am this morning. Firefighters arrived to find the building fully involved. Multiple agencies provided mutual aid and they were able to contain the fire from spreading to nearby structures. The building is considered a total loss. The business was closed at the time and no injuries were reported. Highway 51 was closed for several hours while crews were on the scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Lincoln County Sheriff Report: Residents Fall Victim to Craigslist Scam
Published on 06/14/2021 under News A Lincoln County couple fell victim to a Craigslist scam this past week. According to the Sheriff's Office, the couple were attempting to buy a pontoon boat, but after wiring the seller over $13,000 communications stopped. In investigating the incident, the Sheriff's Office highlighted several red flags that consumers should watch for. The seller refused to meet in person which they said was due to the pandemic. They also would only communicate by email, which included grammatical and spelling errors, despite claiming to be a broker. And the offer seemed too good to be true, a 14 year old boat described in pristine condition. The Sheriff's Office says they have turned the case over to the FBI, but noted it is unlikely the victims will be able to recover their lost money. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Weekly Report The Sheriff's Office was kept busy with the storms in the area last week. The system that passed through the area Thursday evening caused problems mainly in the northern half of the county. Numerous complaints of trees that had fallen over the roadways, some of which caused minor fires and took down wires were received by the 911 center. Traffic on US Hwy 8 was shut down for some time after a semi left the roadway and entered the ditch during torrential rain. In total, the 911 center received over 40 calls for service in about three hours related to the storm. On Friday significant rain caused problems mostly south of Merrill where roads were reported to be washing out. A 49 year old Irma man was arrested Friday evening on multiple charges to include: disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, battery and strangulation/suffocation after a deputy investigated a disturbance in the Town of Skanawan. A 19 year old Merrill man was cited Sunday morning for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in the Town of Merrill. A 30 year old man from Oak Lawn, IL was cited for driving an ATV while intoxicated on County Rd A north of the City of Tomahawk at around 4:00 AM Sunday morning. The number of deer crashes are on the rise with eleven being reported last week. Three of those crashes were reported within 12 minutes of each other on US Hwy 51 on Thursday. Two motorists also reported striking bear in Lincoln County.
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400+ Mile Grabaawr Bike Ride Pedals Through Tomahawk
Published on 06/14/2021 under News Hundreds of bicyclists left yesterday on an annual ride taking them on a week long tour of the state along the Wisconsin River. It's all part of the GReat Annual Bicycle Adventure Along the Wisconsin River or GRABAAWR. The tour starts at the headwaters of the Wisconsin River in Eagle River. Organizers say the route will follow low-traffic roads along the 427-mile length of the river as it winds through the state. Each day the peddlers travel between 55 and 85 miles. Yesterday they left from Eagle River and traveled the 70 miles to Tomahawk where they set up camp at SARA Park. This morning they head south to Wausau. Ultimately, the journey will take the cyclists to Southwestern Wisconsin where they'll arrive in Prairie du Chein by next weekend.
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