WPS Receives Customer Satisfaction Award Published on 02/08/2024 under News
Customer satisfaction is key when it comes to running a successful company. Wisconsin Public Service was recently recognized for theirs.

WPS was recently named 'Best Midsize Electric Utility in the Midwest for Residential Customer Satisfaction.' The award came from JD Power and was based on customer satisfaction surveys, where WPS scored 30 points higher than the average score for utilities nationwide.

Scott Lauber, president and CEO of WPS says every plan, decision and improvement they make is with a goal of providing world-class service. He added, "This honor is a reflection of the tireless efforts of our employees, who ensure our customers have the affordable, reliable and clean energy they depend on around the clock."

They highlighted some of those services including the mobile app and updated power outage maps; customer engagement; along with assistance in cost management, payments plans, and energy efficiency improvements.

This is actually the second time in the last three years that WPS has been honored. They received a similar award in 2021 for the natural gas utility.

In Other News

Tomahawk Forensics Team Members Advance
Published on 02/21/2024 under News Congratulations to all 23 members of the THS Forensics team for advancing to district competition to be held in Tomahawk on March 16th. Members and their categories are listed below. The students are coached by Michele Balda, Nancy Herbison, and Shirley Derleth Farrago - Alexandra Schertz Group Interpretive Reading - Arawen Alberg, Izzy Lee, Trey Morrison, Murphy Koth and Xan Sutton Group Interpretive Reading - Aubrey Graeber, Mariah Sparbel and Kambyl Mattke Group Interpretive Reading - Sadie Ruder, Payton Loka and Jayden Dellinger Group Interpretive Reading - Sarah Kallerud, Delilah Sutton, Landon Plantenberg and Tamara Stenberg Poetry Reading - Cedar Hoffman Poetry Reading - Phoebe Hrdina Prose Reading - Alena Cerkas Prose Reading - Galen Schmidt Prose Reading - Madeline Long Prose Reading - Magdalene Lashua Radio News Reporting - Julia McGovern
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Hatchet Hockey Team Advances to the WIAA Sectional Final
Published on 02/21/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's hockey team has advanced to the WIAA Sectional Final for the first time since 2002 with a 3-0 shutout victory over Waupaca Tuesday night at SARA Park.  The Hatchets put forth their best defensive performance of the season, forcing the Comets to go zero for eight in the power play and a 20-save performance from Junior Goalie Trevor Seliskar. Landyn Seymour netted two goals on the night. Jonah Dickens had the insurance goal in the third period on top of two assists.  The win improves Tomahawk's record to 17-8 on the season, one off from tying the school record of 18 wins they set last season.  The Hatchets will take on Mosinee at the Rec Center Saturday afternoon for their first trip to the state tournament since 1991. Alex Koch and Keith Hanse will have the broadcast on WJJQ with the Fehrman Orthodontics Radio Pregame Show at 1:35 and opening faceoff at 2:00 Saturday afternoon.
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Girls Basketball Team Wins Regional Quarter-Final Game
Published on 02/21/2024 under Sports The Hatchet girls' basketball squad notched their first playoff win since 2006 with a 48-35 win over Sturgeon Bay Tuesday night. Tomahawk's sharp three-point shooting proved to be the difference in the WIAA Regional First Round Playoff victory.  Claire Albert had a great shooting night, knocking in five three-pointers and tied a season-high with 18 points.  The win puts Tomahawk at 8-17 on the season.  The Hatchets will have their Regional Semifinal matchup Friday night at Freedom. Tune in for the Fehrman Orthodontics Pregame Show at 6:35 and opening tip at 7:00 with Terry Timm and Alex Koch in the broadcast booth from Freedom Friday.
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Hatchet Boys Basketball Team Ends Losing Streak
Published on 02/21/2024 under Sports The Hatchet boys basketball team broke their 18 game losing streak edging out a 55-53 win over Faith Christian Academy Tuesday night. The win by Tomahawk is their first since December 11th when they beat White Lake in overtime.  Brody Rigney had a big night scoring, leading the way with 18 points.  The win brings Tomahawk to 2-21 on the season. The Hatchets will wrap up their regular season Thursday night against Antigo.
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Lincoln County Board Approves Sale of Pine Crest Nursing Home
Published on 02/20/2024 under News The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors held a lengthy meeting on Monday evening with the main topic being the discussion on the future of Pine Crest Nursing home. After discussion on the resolution, the county board voted 15 to 6 approving the Asset Purchase Agreement of Pine Crest to Merrill Campus LLC & Senior Management, Inc. for $8.5 million. Dozens of members of 'The People of Pine Crest' voiced their opposition on the sale at Monday's meeting. Per the resolution voted on by the Lincoln County Board, the facilities will remain county owned until June 30, 2024, as ownership will then flip to Merrill Campus LLC & Senior Management, Inc.
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Election Day here in Wisconsin
Published on 02/20/2024 under News It's Election Day here in Wisconsin, though most voters can sit this one out. There are relatively few races in our Northwoods listening area. Today is the primary for the Spring Election. These are typically for non-partisan local races like city council, mayor, school board, and county board. Most of these races have one or two candidates, and as a result they will be decided in the general election in April. And without any statewide ballot items, most voters won't have to vote today. Here in Lincoln County, there is one supervisor race for the Lincoln County Board with three candidates in District 2 in the Merrill area where incumbent Lori Anderson-Malm is being challenged by Keras Rubka-Nimz and Scott Doerr. That race will be narrowed down to two candidates. Voters can visit myvote.wi.gov and enter their address to view if there are races in their specific location. The General Election is on April 2. The ballot will include not only those additional local races, but around a half dozen local school districts will ask voters to support referendum questions.
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Tomahawk FBLA Team Competes at LifeSmarts Competition
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Hatchet Wrestlers Compete at WIAA Sectional Meet
Published on 02/19/2024 under Sports The Hatchet wrestlers will have one state qualifier go down to Madison next week. Tomahawk's boys unfortunately went 0-15 in matches Saturday, including Presley Gutbrod being eliminated after just one match.  The Hatchets will graduate two of their sectional qualifiers, Gutbrod and Ryan Larson. Jack Derleth, Brayden Ristau, Fletcher Baumann, Zander Zehner, and Kaiden Kapellusch will all return.  Meanwhile, the lone state qualifier came on the girls' side Saturday. At 120 pounds, Freshman Elise Gibeault will be making her first trip to the state tournament after winning her weight class. Madilene List and Kylie Peissig both came in second at 152 and 107 pounds, respectively. Gibeault will wrestle at the Kohl Center in Madison next week.  Stay tuned for updates of her match here on WJJQ.
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Decision on Pine Crest Nursing Home Could Come Monday Evening
Published on 02/19/2024 under News A decision on Pine Crest Nursing Home could come this evening, as the Lincoln County Board considers a purchase offer. For nearly two years, the Lincoln County Board has been discussing the future of the skilled nursing home facility in Merrill. The facility is currently owned by the county and run through a partnership with North Central Health Care. Amid financial concerns, the board created an ad-hoc committee in June of 2022 to study the facility and present options. That eventually included options to retain ownership with the potential for operational changes and a likely referendum or selling the facility to a private entity. The county hired a broker to facility a potential sale should they move in that direction and in November, they received an offer from a then unnamed purchaser. Negotiations have largely taken place in closed session with the Administrative and Legislative Committee. Last Monday, they forwarded an offer to the full county board for consideration. According to the resolution, it is for $8.5 million and comes from Merrill Campus LLC & Senior Management, Inc. The Board will take up that resolution during their meeting this evening. While the Board typically meets on Tuesdays, the meeting is Monday due to the Spring Primary.
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Aspirus Hosting Multi-Site Hiring Event
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