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					                                                      Tomahawk Leader
                    YEAR IN REVIEW – 2007
     The following is a brief recap of some of        District bid farewell to retiring long-time teacher/   to help youth when it comes to risky behavior.
the stories that appeared week by week in the         coach/administrator and current Tomahawk Middle        … Tomahawk High School Class of 2007
pages of the Tomahawk Leader during 2007:             School principal, Tom Freude. … The Merrill Area       valedictorian Sara Kurtzweil and salutatorian
                                                      Public School (MAPS) Board of Education voted          LeighAnn Krick will be this year’s recipients of
              JANUARY                                 down a Gleason elementary charter school. The          the state Academic Excellence Scholarships.
     Jan. 2 – Potlatch Corp., Spokane, Wash., will    Gleason Area Public Charter School Committee                Feb. 27 – Nick Hagar, a Tomahawk High
purchase 76,000 Northwoods acres, including           (GAPCS) formed to keep an educational facility         School sophomore, joined an elite club – the
30,000 in Lincoln County, at a cost of $64.5          in that community. MAPS did approve an                 second Hatchet to win two state wrestling titles
million from Tomahawk Timberlands, LLC and            alternative adult charter program. … Merrill will      – ended with a 50-2 record by defeating Charles
Tomahawk Highlands, LLC. … Sacred Heart               begin negotiations with representatives of the 28-     York of Belleville/Monticello/New Glarus in the
Hospital Foundation will sponsor a Health Access      acre Rothlisberg property off State Hwy. 64, for a     135-pound WIAA Division 2 individual finale.
Program to help the uninsured and underinsured        new Wal-Mart superstore. … The Lincoln County          … More than 240 local Harley-Davidson workers
with medical care. … The discharge of a firearm        Sports Club received the Wisconsin Department of       returned to work with a new three-year contract
into the floor by an Oneida County Sheriff’s           Natural Resources (DNR) Special Service Award.         following a two-week layoff. … Now topping
Department deputy during an incident at Lakeland      … Golden Living Center-Riverview named Paula           more than $121,650 in outside attorney fees,
Union High School, Minocqua, was deemed               (Seavey) Randall director of nursing services. …       the federal investigation continues into Lincoln
accidental.                                           Gloria Lukes, Merrill, received the National 4-H       County’s child support billing procedures. …
     Jan. 9 – Plungers raised more than $9,000        Council Volunteer of the Year Award.                   THS drama students perform “Oliver.”
for the charities of their choice at the 2007 Happy
Snapper’s annual Polar Plunge. … Church Mutual
Insurance Co. will establish a national customer
                                                                   FEBRUARY                                                  MARCH
                                                           Feb. 6 – A fire destroyed the home of Jeff              March 6 – A special flag-raising ceremony
service center in Merrill. … Outgoing sheriff, Tom
                                                      and Angel Tranter, town of Little Rice home. …         was held at Veterans Memorial Park to replace a
Koth, stepped aside to welcome Jeff Jaeger, former
                                                      Michael J. Anderson, Tomahawk, and Michael             stolen one. … Mardelle Ingman announced that
lieutenant with the department. … Cliff Gerber,
                                                      J. Channing, Whitewater, were killed in separate       a major museum being built in South Korea to
86, Bradley, lost his home, nearly all possessions
                                                      snowmobile crashes. … Dean Goulet, Tomahawk,           honor veterans will be named after her husband,
and his dog to a Christmas Eve fire that started in
                                                      now working in Iraq, offered to send an American       Einar Ingman, a Medal of Honor recipient from
his garage after a woodstove he was using to heat
                                                      flag that flew over a base there to replace the one      the Korean War. … Three spring retirements
his residence sparked the blaze. Gerber was one of
                                                      stolen from Veterans Memorial Park. … A state-         – Ann Kobielush, Loren Holdorf and Dee Dreger
1,900 Wisconsin Public Service Tomahawk-area
                                                      funded $10,000 Community Development Block             – may help ease the annual budget cuts involving
customers who lost power after seven inches of
                                                      Grant is expected to spur plans to transform the       personnel when the Tomahawk School Board hears
wet, heavy snow caused mass power outages over
                                                      former and vacant Sacred Heart Hospital. … The         preventive recommendations to trim $300,000 to
the holiday weekend. … A sports story introduced
                                                      Lincoln County District Attorney is reviewing the      $400,000 next week. … Representatives from nine
the new owners of Tomahawk Bowl, Gary and
                                                      autopsy and toxicology report of Arnaud Van den        Lincoln County lake associations agreed to form
Becky Giese.
                                                      Berghe, a 17-year-old Merrill High School foreign      the Lincoln County Lakes and Rivers Association
     Jan. 16 – The Tomahawk Park and Recreation
                                                      exchange student, who died following a drinking        as a united front in the fight against the spread of
Committee approved the city’s portion of the
                                                      party at a cabin in the town of Bradley.               Eurasian water milfoil. … Elsie Bartz will not
five-year Lincoln County Outdoor Recreation
Plan, helping guide how the city’s 11 parks will           Feb. 13 – Temporary layoffs of employees          seek re-election as town of Bradley supervisor. …
be managed; for example, proposals for 110-           at the Tomahawk Harley-Davidson Somo Avenue            Harley-Davidson, Inc has announced it expects
acre Bradley Park include expanding winter use        plant began, a trickle down effect from a strike       to make 14,000 fewer motorcycles this year than
through ski trails and creating a sledding/toboggan   in York, Penn. … The Wisconsin Restaurant              originally planned, an impact of a three-week
area.                                                 Association board of directors voted 36-1 to           strike in York, Penn. … A Screamin’ Eagle Electra
     Jan. 23 – Gas prices dropped to under $2 a       support a statewide workplace smoking ban that         Glide Ultra has been custom painted and equipped
gallon. … Snowmobile trails in northern Lincoln       does not exempt bars or bar areas in restaurants.      by Harley-Davidson Tomahawk Operations for
County opened Jan. 18. … Kevin D. Schreiber,               Feb. 20 – The 30-foot middle section of a         nationally-known motorcycle daredevil Bubba
25, Harshaw, died in a snowmobiling accident. …       pine tree intended for use to create a wilderness      Blackwell. … Tomahawk Downtown Business
Tomahawk residents were asked to stop flushing         pole tourist attraction/landmark for downtown          Council members discussed what efforts will be
pre-moistened paper and cloth-like disposable         Tomahawk was mysterious removed in Bradley             needed to incorporate the Wisconsin Main Street
towels because they clog the city’s sewer pumps       Park. ... Three Merrill teenagers (Tyler A.            Program. … Ground is expected to be broken
and cause unnecessary damage. … A fund raiser         Carlson, 17, Adam J. Kopetzky, 18, and Brandon         soon at Nicolet College, Rhinelander for a 7,000-
is underway to help 2005 Tomahawk High School         T. Finucan, 17) were charged with felonies for         square-foot, two-story addition to its Tamarack
graduate Alyssa Lampe train for the Olympics in       providing alcohol at an underage drinking party        Center, increasing the number of registered nursing
women’s wrestling. … Sue Kunkel of the Merrill        that contributed to the death of a French foreign      and medical assistant students the college could
Busy Bees earned the National 4-H Council’s           exchange student at Merrill High School. An            enroll. … Former THS wrestling standout, Josh
Salute to Excellence and Outstanding Lifetime         autopsy revealed that Arnaud Van den Berghe            Chelf, won the NCAA Division 3 championship
Volunteer Award.                                      died of a seizure triggered by a rare neurological     at 174 pounds, representing UW-La Crosse.
     Jan. 30 – A thief stole the American flag at      disorder and alcohol poisoning. … About 100                 March 13 – Tomahawk Middle School
Veterans Memorial Park. … Tomahawk School             community members brainstormed ideas on how            seventh grader Brooke Renn, 12, took first place

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                    YEAR IN REVIEW – 2007
among approximately 35 other competitors from          their 25th anniversary as co-publishers of the          meet Dr. Charles Rochester Young, a nationally-
six schools in the regional spelling bee and now       Tomahawk Leader and published a 44-page                 recognized composer who was commissioned to
heads for the Badger State Spelling Bee … All          Souvenir Edition: Celebrating 25 Years of Progress      write the special score. … Members of the state
Lincoln County snowmobile and winter ATV               section. … The discovery of two pipe bombs in a         Joint Finance Committee held a public hearing
trails officially closed March 12 because of warm       vehicle at a Tomahawk manufacturing plant led           at Nicolet College in Rhinelander attended by
weather. … Joyce Street won $25,000 in the new         to felony charges against Aaron J. Halambeck,           hundreds of public officials, healthcare leaders,
Wisconsin Lottery game, Bonus Double and               20, and Travis L. Van Strydonk, 19. … DuPlayee-         educational and municipal representatives, and
Darlene Winkler, Tomahawk, won $18,500 at Lake         Brown and Mark Schlegel won Tomahawk School             citizens who shared thoughts on Gov. Jim Doyle’s
of the Torches Resort Casino. … Lincoln County         Board seats; incumbents Thomas F. Mueller and           budget and state priorities. … Jesse G. Kita, 25,
District Attorney’s Office, Tomahawk Police             Louise Schotz were ousted by Charles Bolder,            was sentenced to one year in jail and five years’
Department and Financial Crime Services (FCS)          Meredith A. Prebeg and write-in Teresa Heinzen          probation for two felony charges of causing injury
have implemented a new Criminal Worthless Check        on the Merrill School Board; Town of Skanawan           by intoxicated use of a vehicle dating to Nov. 14,
Diversion Program to recover full restitution for      Chair Patti Dremler was unseated by former clerk        2003.
victims while holding offenders responsible. …         Karen Olson; Town of King incumbent supervisor               April 24 – Seth Louis, 24, Rhinelander, was
Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger promoted Tim        Ginger Jach-Richards was unseated by Walter             arrested and charged with first-degree intentional
Fischer and Nate Walrath to patrol lieutenants. …      Hobbs III and Bruce Oradei (Curt Powell did             homicide in the alleged murder of Tracy Maurer.
Former Lincoln County deputy coroner George            not seek re-election); Nokomis supervisor John          Investigators learned of a bloody bag of clothes
Barzac, 44, formerly of Tomahawk and now of            Brottlund lost to challenger Kurt Kopacz. Clerk         and a computer sale gone bad. A co-employee of
East Rochester, N.Y., pled guilty to one count         Janet Panzer beat Wendy Smith. Town of Somo             Maurer’s at Taco John’s in Rhinelander, Louis
of felony obtaining a controlled substance by          chair Doug Marheine was beaten by Carl Felser,          had reportedly sold Maurer a used computer and
fraud. … A memorial fund in memory of Robert           an unofficial write-in, and Gladi Felser is the new      became frustrated after only receiving $100 of the
Colclasure, a retired Merrill High School teacher,     clerk. … Luke Peerenboom died from injuries             $300 payment. Louis reportedly asked a 16-year-
former Merrill alderman and active veteran who         suffered in a hit-and-run accident in Madison. … A      old friend to hide a bag of bloody clothes he had
died Feb. 10, will help autism research.               judge rejected a motion to dismiss charges against      worn. The bag was found in the girl’s bedroom. …
      March 20 – St. Mary’s School Principal           John “Homer” Van Meter, 53, Rhinelander, who            Lights lit up the sky and County Road A was blocked
Sonja Doughty was honored as the Wisconsin             told police on April 19, 2006, that two armed men       for hours as a sea of emergency medical personnel
Council of Religious and Independent Schools           began shooting at him while he was logging near         and the DNR responded to a wildfire reported by
(WCRIS) Distinguished Administrator for 2007.          Tomahawk. Officials believe he fabricated the            a passing motorist in a pine plantation near Pine
… The Tomahawk School Board revised the                story. … The Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department          Shore Lane in the town of King. Approximately a
district’s co-curricular code to bring non-athletic    put its brand new fire engine into service.              dozen homes were evacuated The burn area was
activities such as drama, forensics and National            April 10 – The death of Tracy A. Maurer, 42,       some 300 yards wide and covered 35 to 40 acres.
Honor Society under the same code as athletics.        has been ruled a homicide. She was found dead           No structures were ultimately damaged. … Plans
… Lucas Peerenboom, 20, a 2005 Tomahawk                in her 211 W. Merrill Ave. first-floor apartment          to expand Nelson’s County Market by nearly
High School graduate and student at Madison            April 6 following a report of noise by an upstairs      10,000 square feet were approved. … A lockdown
Area Technical College, was critically injured by      tenant and two welfare checks by police. The            at the Tomahawk School District that will lead to
a minivan that ran a red light, hit him and left the   cause of death was not announced, pending an            at least three drug-related expulsion hearings was
scene in Madison.                                      autopsy. … Wolves attacked and killed Scott             followed by a senior class “prank” that dry-docked
      March 27 – The flag at Redeemer Ev.               Daenicke’s 11-year-old German shorthair pointer         nearly 50 students with in-school suspensions and
Lutheran Church was stolen, making it the third        while Daenicke and his three other shorthairs           other punishments. … The Tomahawk Downtown
stolen flag in the city since January. … A 3-week-      hiked a snowmobile trail east of Otter Lake. …          Business Council is working to form a coalition
old baby was in fair condition struggling to recover   United States’ involvement in the war in Iraq and       to support and incorporate the state Department
from life-threatening injuries allegedly sustained     the federal budget were the center of discussion        of Commerce’s Main Street Program. The council
by his father while he battered the child’s mother.    between citizens and Cong. Dave Obey when he            is asking downtown business and property owners
Bradley Turonie, 32, Merrill, was charged with         was in town.                                            to agree to a Business Improvement District
physical abuse of a child, a Class I felony. …              April 17 – Charges against John Kneipp, 17,        (BID) to cover one-third of the program’s cost.
Menu Foods Inc., an Ontario, Canada-based pet          have been referred to the Lincoln County district       … A Department of Transportation’s (DOT) $5.6
food manufacturer, is recalling 48 brands of wet       attorney’s office, and charges against a 16 year old     million project agreement to replace the North
dog food and 40 brands of cat food – 60 million        were forwarded to Lincoln County Social Services        Fourth Street bridge in 2012 was approved. …
cans and pouches – sold throughout the United          after five stolen flags were found in their vehicle. In   Pam Lohmeier, 58, received her GED degree after
States, Canada and Mexico. … Members of the            a twist, Kneipp is the step-son of Dean Goulet, who     a diligent eight-and-a-half-year effort.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department are pausing        from his civilian capacity in Balad, Iraq, publicly
to remember a special deputy sheriff, Chito the        chastised whoever was involved in the thefts and
K-9. … Arvilla Crass, 98, Tomahawk, who with           donated a replacement for the first flag stolen from                          MAY
sister, Arverlla, were the oldest known living         Veteran’s Memorial Park. … Gene Guizzetti, 47,              May 1 – Nathan Martin and Jessica Smith
identical twins in Wisconsin, died March 21.           took over as general manager of Harley-Davidson         were king and queen of the THS Class of 2008
                                                       Tomahawk Operations, replacing Mike Heerhold.           Junior Prom. … Three teens charged with
                                                       … The Tomahawk High School band’s 2007                  supplying alcohol at an underage drinking party
                  APRIL                                spring concert featured the world premiere of           where a French foreign exchange student died
    April 3 – Larry and Kathy Tobin celebrated         “Where the Waters Gather” and an opportunity to         reached a plea agreement to undergo drug and

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alcohol, do 100 hours of community service and        patients in optometric care, Larry and Janet Hagen    year. … Norman L. Bushor died following a May
identify other youth who provided alcohol at          have retired.                                         20 ATV crash.
the party or face felony charges. … The former              May 15 – A $500,000 cash bond was set at a
Tomahawk Speedway could reopen. … A 16-               preliminary hearing for Seth Louis, Rhinelander,                         JUNE
year-old Rhinelander female (identified as KLD)        accused of brutally murdering Tracy Maurer,                June 5 – A stone in memory of Ryan Jopek,
accused of being an accessory to the brutal murder    Tomahawk. And, in a new turn of events, a female      “solider, son, brother, friend” from Merrill who
of Tracy Maurer was referred by Tomahawk police       teen, 17, testified she drove him to and from the      was killed by a roadside bomb in northern Iraq
for handling by the Oneida County Department of       Tomahawk crime scene. … Former Tomahawk               Aug. 2, 2006, was placed in a walkway tribute
Social Services and district attorney’s office. …      High School Principal John Stahmer, 64, was           to veterans in Veteran’s Memorial Park as part
A proposed condominium development on Lake            critically injured in Milwaukee after a Milwaukee     of a 21st birthday observance. … A mixture of
Alice may be dead. James Smith of Secluded            County Transit System bus struck him. … The           precisely the right environmental, climatologic
Lands Company, LLC told the Tomahawk Leader           Bradley Plan Commission approved a request            and meteorological conditions, along with a
in an exclusive interview the development firm         for a conditional use permit that would see           municipal yard waste collection site, likely led
now considers the Lake Alice Coves project in         Ron VanDosen, Eagle River, reopen the former          to the blastoymycosis in Merrill in 2006. For
the “grey area.” … A fast-moving fire threatened       Tomahawk Speedway. …. Pat Callahan of Merrill,        Tristan Muenchow, 16, the infection was fatal. …
Council Grounds State Park in Merrill, resulting      in the end-stage of renal failure, auctioned off a    About 180 area Wisconsin Army National Guard
the evacuation of area residents.                     majority of his possessions and donated $10,000       soldiers, members of Troop E, 105th Cavalry of
                                                      to establish the “Buddy & Tar Spay and Neuter         Merrill and Antigo, left for about a 10-month
     May 8 – Tomahawk Fire Chief John Peeters         Fund” for the Lincoln County Humane Society.          mission in Iraq. … Bradley T. Turonie waived
received the Distinguished Service Award; Ashley      … Three years of planning and nearly 1,000            his right to a jury trial and was found guilty of
Lekfield received the LEADERship Award; Marty          hours of volunteer work came to fruition as           child abuse by Judge Jay Tlusty. … Alex Kiander
Lemke of Tomahawk Foods was named Employer            Nokomis prepared to celebrate the grand opening       was awarded his Eagle Scout rank at age 14. …
of the Year; THS senior Eileen Thomzik was            of Mary’s Park, a 20-acre parcel in memory of         Parents and friends in the Gleason community
Youth LEADER of the Year; and the Community           Mary Muckerheide. Boy Scouts Klay Ahles and           worked to make a memorable last few days for
Appreciation Award went to American Legion            Alex Kiander made signage. … Jo-Ski Theiler           Midway Elementary School, which then closed its
Post 93 during the 52nd annual Community Awards       spearheaded a campaign to create a dog park in        doors.
Banquet, sponsored by the Tomahawk Leader and         the city of Tomahawk. … The Tomahawk School                June 12 – Tomahawk resident Irma Hanson
Inshalla Country Club. State Rep. Don Friske          Board recalled two laid off staff, with additional    celebrated her 104th birthday with family and
also honored the American Legion, and students        callbacks expected. The resignation of middle         friends at Golden Living Centers-Golden Age
Eileen Thomzik and Leigh Anne Krick, for their        school teacher Mary Brey was accepted.                and Riverview. …Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LP)
Gold Award in Girl Scouting. … Two Wisconsin                                                                informed employees that the plant will take 17
National Guard units, including the 105th Cavalry                                                           days downtime due to continued weakness in
of Merrill and Antigo, have received mobilization          May 22 – Barbara A. Calkins, 32, Merrill,        the North American housing market. … Felony
orders to serve in support of Operation Iraqi         was sentenced to six months in jail, four years of    charges of misconduct in office and forgery were
Freedom. … A Friends of Lake Mohawksin                probation and 200 hours of community service in       filed in Oneida County Circuit against Nokomis
comprehensive management plan kick-off project        the largest cases of animal neglect ever in Lincoln   Town Clerk Janet Panzer, 74, for allegedly forging
was held. … The state’s Fourth Amendment does         County, dating back to 2005. … Lincoln County         the name of a former town board chairman on a
not prohibit the introduction of drug evidence        Board will now publish legally-mandated notices       cemetery burial plot deed in order to switch plots.
obtained through voluntary consent when an            in both the Tomahawk Leader and the Merrill           … Tomahawk School Board member Dave Baltes
individual is in custody of law enforcement, the      Courier. The board also appointed Richard Wolf as     has purchased a home outside the school district
Wisconsin Court of Appeals said in reversing a        the new county veteran’s service officer, replacing    and resigned his elected position. … The city of
decision by Lincoln County Judge Glenn Hartley        the retiring Russell Scheu. … Harley-Davidson         Tomahawk adopted its own ordinance to prevent
that had suppressed methamphetamine evidence          Tomahawk Operations offered free factory tours.       tobacco use on school grounds thanks to the
seized by DNR wardens during a consent search of           May 29 – Graduation ceremonies were held         efforts by 11 fifth grade students from Tomahawk
a vehicle. … Owners of an estimated 200 junked        for 126 members of the Tomahawk High School           Elementary School. … Midway Elementary
vehicles in the city of Tomahawk have until fall      Class of 2007. Sara Kurtzweil was valedictorian;      School in Gleason closed its doors Thursday
to either have their vehicles repaired and licensed   Leigh Anne Krick, salutatorian; Megan Hussong,        due to declining enrollment and fewer state aid
or towed after the Common Council approved            third honor student; and Natalie Kainz, fourth        dollars.
enforcement of the city’s already-on-the-books        honor student. … More than 300 cars were on                June 19 – Katie L. Decker, 16, Rhinelander,
junked-vehicle policy – with revisions made by the    hand for the 13th annual Main Street Memories         was charged in Oneida County Circuit Court
Make a Difference Daily Committee. … Lincoln          Car Show. … The Lincoln County Veteran’s              with aiding a felon by allegedly hiding physical
County’s former deputy coroner, George Barzac         Memorial Committee is offering a $500 reward          evidence in the homicide of Tracy A. Maurer.
will serve three year’s probation for one count of    for information that leads to the arrest of the       … Kenneth Maciejewski, 44, Tomahawk, faced
obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The        individual(s) who destroyed the flag lighting at       charges involved in the largest indoor marijuana
former emergency department nurse manager at          Veteran’s Memorial Park. The vandalism marks          bust in county history with more than 400
Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill falsely       the third time park has been targeted in the past     cultivated plants. … The sudden death of Andrew
wrote that 12 patients were given Demerol, and        few months. … The Lincoln County Planning and         Cornish, 16, Merrill, was due to heat exhaustion.
instead, took it for his personal use. … After 39     Zoning Committee gave the final go-ahead for           He had been scouting deer with his father while
years in the practice of looking into the eyes of     Tomahawk Speedway to reopen, probably next            wearing rubber boots and vinyl insulated hunting
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                    YEAR IN REVIEW – 2007
pants. … Determining that the board had cut back             July 17 – The bridge connecting the North       O’Melia, who was appointed Oneida County
too deeply in the administrative department, Kelly     Fourth Street and downtown business sectors will      Circuit Court judge. … Sandra Johnson was to be
Welk was authorized to spend about 40 percent          close for a minimum of two weeks in 2012 when         installed as new pastor at Zion Lutheran Church,
of her time assisting Tomahawk Middle School           the state Department of Transportation replaces       Brantwood, and First Lutheran Church, Prentice.
Principal Mitch Hamm, working primarily with           and hands over Veterans Memorial Bridge to the        … South African visitors completed the second
discipline and attendance.                             city. … Amid felony charges of misconduct in          half of an exchange with Grace Lutheran Church.
     June 26 – Two attorneys withdrew from             office and forgery, Nokomis Town Clerk Janet           … The Tomahawk Speedway was on its way to
representing Seth Louis in preparation for his         Panzer submitted her resignation from her elected     having motorcycle racing during the Tomahawk
murder trial. He remained in jail, unable to post a    post. … Lincoln County and the Wisconsin              Fall Ride after the Bradley Plan Commission
$500,000 cash bond. … For the second time this         Department of Workforce Development (DWD)             approved a conditional use request by Ron Van
year, Jeff and Angel Tranter, a town of Little Rice    settled a long-standing dispute regarding child       Dusen, who recently purchased the speedway. Van
family, were recovering from a fire, after a blaze      support reimbursement. The DWD will refund            Dusen planned to change the asphalt racetrack to
destroyed their temporary home. … A Wisconsin          the county $41,550 and keep $20,276. The state        dirt. The track itself will open next year.
State Appeals Court has ruled that adult children      found “no evidence” of fraud on the part of
whose parents die can collect damages for pain and     Lincoln County. … The Merrill Common Council                          AUGUST
suffering in wrongful death lawsuits, reinstating a    delayed a decision to reduce the Merrill Fire and           Aug. 7 – Justin P. Carstensen, 17, Merrill, was
claim filed by a Tomahawk woman following the           Emergency Medical Services Department by              recovering from the injuries suffered in a car crash
2002 death of her mother.                              cutting three full-time staff members, from 24 to     in the town of Scott, and Mike and Sandy Baldin,
                                                       21.                                                   the Wausau couple who risked their own lives
                    JULY                                     July 24 – Tyler Kahle, 19, a 2006 Tomahawk      to save him, were the recipients of the Lincoln
     July 3 – Ron Saari, principal at Tomahawk         High School graduate, died July 19 along with         County Sheriff’s Department’s first “Star of Valor
Elementary School the last three years, submitted      another co-worker in a gold mining accident           Award.” … As enforcement of the city’s junk
his resignation to take a position as superintendent   in Nome, Alaska. … The Tomahawk Park and              vehicle ordinance neared, the Tomahawk Police
of the Crivitz School District. … The Institute        Recreation Committee approved a request to            Department recommended those in violation either
for Justice filed a lawsuit in Madison on behalf        facilitate a six- to eight-acre dog park on city      have their vehicles properly licensed or removed
of Merrill gas station owner Raj Bhandari              property west of SARA Park. … Katie (Luft)            from public view. … A forgotten item that led to a
challenging the Wisconsin Unfair Sales Act which       Hanna, a THS graduate, was hired as a new             several-minute delay in her departure could have
makes it illegal to sell gasoline without marking it   kindergarten teacher after an additional section      saved Christi Schmit of Tomahawk from being
up either 6 percent over cost or 9.18 percent over     was created based on an enrollment of 86 in the       part of headline news when the Interstate 35 West
the local wholesale price. … Reporter Jed Buelow       fall. … A Lincoln County judge backed the town        bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Her brother,
did a feature story on Tomahawk’s Charles              of Skanawan’s decision to deny former treasurer       Michael, also had passed over the bridge a half-
Kluball, now 86, as he recalled the horrors of the     Thomas G. Rick, Irma, $1,078.15 in “past due          hour earlier. … Tomahawk City Clerk-Treasurer
Manila Massacre and a woman who was saved.             wages.” … Wendy Smith was appointed as the            Paul Garner said he planned to stay at the job for
… Patrick O’Melia was appointed Oneida County          new town of Nokomis clerk. … A softball benefit        up to four more years. In the interim, he suggested
Circuit Court judge, filling the vacancy created by     remembering local accountant Tim Herman, 57,          changing the position from elected to appointed.
the resignation of Judge Robert Kinney. … After        who died June 22 following a brain aneurysm,          … Brian J. Haffemann became the first security
his two attorneys withdrew and a new one was           was planned at Nokomis Community Park. …              officer in the 100-plus-year-old county Courthouse
appointed, Seth Louis, 24, Rhinelander, pled not       Postcards displaying the Tomahawk wilderness          in Merrill.
guilty to the April 6 murder of Tracy A. Maurer.       pole were created and for sale.                             Aug. 14 – Roswell “Buck” Nelson, founder
     July 10 – For the second time in as many                July 31 – A contract offer for Tomahawk         of Nelson’s County Market, a 30-year member
years, the Walbeck family is thankful to be alive      Elementary School principal was extended to Dan       and former president of the Tomahawk City
after a late night fire ravaged their home. A           McGuire, a teacher at Boyceville School District.     Council, and active civic servant, died Aug. 13
lightning strike from a late-night storm caused the    … It was a deadly week in the Tomahawk area.          at age 85. … Gov. Jim Doyle, First Lady Jessica
TV in the living room to explode. An electrical        Mark A. Linzmeier, 29, Auburndale, drowned            Doyle, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and members of
fire also destroyed the family’s home on June           on Long Lake in the town of Harrison after his        the governor’s cabinet were in the Northwoods
18, 2005. … The Wisconsin River/North Fourth           canoe overturned. Mary Weiler, 56, Athens, was        for the fifth annual “Up North” tour. … The
Street bridge now pays tribute to all veterans.        killed in a two-car collision on Hwy. 8 in the town   Tomahawk Airport Fly-In offered a memorial
Independence Day morning, the bridge was               of Bradley. And, in an accident west of Wausau,       tribute to skydiver John Symonds, who died
officially renamed Veterans Memorial Bridge. …          Bernice Hernikl, 79, Tomahawk, was killed when        when his chute did not open during a jump at
The Tomahawk Downtown Business Council’s               the vehicle she was driving hit an oncoming truck.    the previous year’s fly-in. … The Tomahawk
Aesthetic Committee dedicated the wilderness           Her husband, Andrew, was critically injured. …        Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the
pole in the boulevard on South Tomahawk Avenue.        Steve Buckwalter was named new Tomahawk               city received a $16,000 Community Development
The one-of-a-kind city landmark was carved by          Police Department sergeant, replacing the soon-       Block Grant through the Wisconsin Department
Nathan Nuszkiewicz, owner of Potlicker Custom          to-retire Ron Kammer. Ryan Picl was hired as a        of Commerce for planning and business
Chainsaw Sculptures, Rhinelander. … The                new police officer. … Proposed shoreland changes       redevelopment in the downtown and North Fourth
Nicolet College board of trustees approved a 1.63      frustrated hundreds on hand for a public forum        Street business corridors. … At 100,000 square
percent budget increase for the 2007-08 fiscal          in Rhinelander. … Gov. Jim Doyle appointed            feet, the former Sacred Heart Hospital has a list of
year, including payments on a new 7,000-square-        Rhinelander attorney Michael Bloom as the new         future development possibilities: senior housing,
foot expansion.                                        Oneida County district attorney, replacing Patrick    assisted living, nursing school, culinary school,

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                      YEAR IN REVIEW – 2007
office space. … The city of Tomahawk increased              Two Oneida County landowners who disturbed a             Log Church and Tripoli Community Festival.
the speed limit on Kaphaem Road south of Hwy.              Native American burial site on the shores of Lake        … The all-important third Friday headcount at
86 from 25 mph to 35 mph.                                  Nokomis when they began construction of a home           Tomahawk School District was 1,504. Last year's
     Aug. 21 – All four area flowage’s water levels         must remove the foundation, restore the site and         count was 1,547.
were significantly below normal heading into the            pay penalties totaling $16,750. … The Tomahawk
middle of August. The Rice Reservoir was down              Downtown Business Council, Tomahawk Post                               OCTOBER
five feet, the Spirit, 7.2 feet, and the Willow, 8.2 feet   Office and Tomahawk Leader teamed up to                        Oct. 2 – The Hatchets claimed a 30-20
below normal. … Katie Decker, 16, Rhinelander,             present one-of-a-kind 2007 Tomahawk Fall Ride            Homecoming win over Medford. Derek Zernach
faced one felony count of aiding a felon in                collector items: two postcards, a Fall Ride stamp        and Lauryn Alber were king and queen. … Lincoln
Oneida County Circuit Court for allegedly hiding           and a special one-day motorcycle cancellation            County Circuit Judge Jay Tlusty dismissed
bloody clothes given to her by her then-boyfriend          dated Friday, Sept. 14, 2007. … Approximately            13 of 14 of Medford Public Defender Robert
Seth Louis, 24, who was charged in the April 6             200 fire and emergency personnel, along with              Rusch’s motions to have evidence suppressed
stabbing death of Tracy Maurer, 42, Tomahawk.              some 50 instructors from around the country,             in the murder trial of Seth Louis. … The 26th
… Tomahawk Speedway gained authorization                   attended the Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School.            annual Tomahawk Fall Ride raised $118,000
to hold two motorcycle race events during the              Hands-on training included a controlled burn of          for MDA, with attendance estimated at 40,000
Tomahawk Fall Ride and up to five snowmobile                the old Midget Supper Club. … The Tomahawk               and an overall local economic impact of $140
races in the winter. … A new Frisbee golf course,          Common Council offered support for pursuing              million. … Ryan Picl was at City Hall preparing
toddler swing sets and revamped ballpark were              the state Main Street Program, seeking ways the          to be sworn in as a new police officer when he
noted at Nokomis Community Park.                           city’s financial commitment could be primarily            responded to a call and resuscitated Lawrence
     Aug. 28 – Lincoln County’s administrative             in-kind services. … A citywide cleanup, hosted           Anthes, a heart attack/car crash victim. … Scott
coordinator position job description was revised           by the Tomahawk Make a Difference Group and              L. Hanson, 43, Tomahawk, died a week after
with more responsibilities. … Tomahawk School              Oneida County Solid Waste Department, was a              suffering injuries in a motorcycle-deer crash in the
District substitute teacher pay increased to $90           huge success. … Merrill police investigated an           town of Bradley. … Lloyd Bishop, Tina (Evans)
per day and Shirley (Russell) Derleth and Lauren           armed robbery at Family Video. … The former              Fleming, Nate Nelmark and Lacy Roberts were
Vandenberg resigned their teaching positions.              Pinewood Dinner Theatre relocated to Inshalla            honored at the Tomahawk Hatchet Athletic Hall
… John B. Denman, 85, Munising, Mich., a                   Country Club.                                            of Fame induction ceremony. … John R. “Homer”
passenger, died in a traffic crash near Merrill, the             Sept. 18 – Cold weather didn’t hinder               VanMeter, 53. Rhinelander, who was accused of
second fatal accident in Lincoln County in 2007.           bikers from rumbling into town for the 26th              fabricating a story about a gun battle in the woods
… Staffing at the Merrill Fire Department and               annual Tomahawk Fall Ride for the Muscular               near Tomahawk was denied the right to possess
Emergency Medical Services Department was                  Dystrophy Association (MDA). Overall, numbers            firearms.
maintained at a minimum of six people per shift            were expected to level out near 45,000. Willie G.             Oct. 9 – The first dirt was overturned for the
while the overall department was to be reduced by          Davidson appeared at the Thunder Parade. The             new Lincoln County Government Services Center
two positions through attrition.                           2007 raffle Harley-Davidson Electra Glide was             in Merrill. The $6.2 million project should be
                                                           won by J. Hoagland, Schiller Park, Ill., and the         completed in about one year. … Inshalla Country
            SEPTEMBER                                      2007 Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster, by D. Luebke         Club was honored with the Tomahawk Regional
     Sept. 4 – Pieces of a 1971 plane crash were           of Mosinee. … Samuel Manu-Tech Inc., based in            Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Service Award.
recovered in the town of Corning northwest of              Toronto, Canada, acquired Northland Stainless,           The Ambassador Award went to Daigle Brothers,
Merrill, bringing statewide news attention to the          Inc. for $8.75 million. … Jessica (Daigle) Amelse        Inc. Service Awards were presented to Mark
area. The plane had been carrying Frank and Doris          was appointed to fill a Tomahawk School Board             Dochnahl, city director of public works, and
Majersky, Milwaukee, from Timmerman Field                  seat vacated by Dave Baltes. … The Tomahawk              Louisiana-Pacific Corp. Brenda Bartz received
Oct. 1, 1971, en route to Phillips. … Ron Kammer           School District 2007-08 budget presented at the          the Spirit Award. … Phillip G. Neubauer, 64, rural
retired as sergeant at the Tomahawk Police                 annual meeting reflected a 2 percent increase, but        Merrill, was injured when his small single-engine
Department after 30 years. … The Lincoln County            a levy hike of 9 percent. … The Public Service           plane crashed.
Veterans Memorial Committee planned its annual             Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) sought public                   Oct. 16 – In Tomahawk for 46 years, Sr. M.
9/11 ceremony, marking the six-year anniversary.           comments on relief plans for the 715 area code.          Theresa Regler was to be honored as a special
… Possessing pipe bombs at a Tomahawk                           Sept. 25 – A faulty heating pad was believed        guest at a “Celebration of Gratitude” for all
manufacturing plant landed one Tomahawk man                to be the cause of a fire that killed Lucille W. Heath,   community health care providers at St. Mary’s
in jail and another on probation. … Abram Foley,           88, in Merrill. … Issuance and sale of nearly $10        Catholic Church. Ticket donations would benefit
a 2001 THS graduate, was awarded a prestigious             million in bond anticipation notes for Lincoln           her Canvent Charity Fund. … There was a story
U.S. Student Fulbright Award, with plans to teach          County's three-part building project (construction       on the unsolved disappearance of Ben Wilberding
English as a foreign language in Germany. … A 7-           of a county government services building,                11 years earlier. … Chastity Allen was sworn in as
year-old boy won $3,700 playing bingo at SARA              remodeling of the historic Courthouse and                the new postmaster in Gleason.
Park.                                                      upgrades to the Safety Building) were approved.               Oct. 23 – Theresa Cernoch, Tomahawk
     Sept. 11 – A Tomahawk native soldier, Sgt.            Low bidder for the government services building,         postmaster, was one of the recipients of the
John Kempen, was part of the reason, Zahraa, a 7-          near Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, was             prestigious United States Postal Service Benjamin
year-old Iraqi girl, was seeing more clearly for the       Ellis Stone of Stevens Point. … The Tomahawk             Awards. … Without student enrollment numbers,
first time in her young life. His actions and that          Police Department began canvassing the city              property values or state aid numbers, Al Prosser
of the Crandon Lions Club led to her coming to             for inoperable and junk vehicles. … Restoring a          ended up being correct right to the dollar on
the Wausau area for cornea transplant surgery. …           sense of community was the goal behind the first          the school district allowable revenue limit

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                    YEAR IN REVIEW – 2007
– $13,656,451. … Deputies Kevin Orzech and             facilities in the Milwaukee area, two final            at the Tomahawk National Guard Armory. …
Andy VanderWyst of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s        assembly plants in York, Pa., and powertrain and      Area snowmobile trails began to open. … City
Department completed training as certified              final assembly operations in Kansas City, Mo., also    of Tomahawk property owners would see a 1.76
humane officers. … The Tomahawk Regional                announced shutdowns. … Seventy-one employees          percent rise in their tax levy. Additional revenue
Chamber of Commerce introduced a new logo              at Louisiana-Pacific Corp.’s Tomahawk plant felt       would come from a one-time increase in the state-
and slogan, “Life the way it’s Meant to be.”           the effects of the struggling nationwide housing      mandated 2 percent levy cap (to 3.86 percent) and
     Oct. 30 – The Hatchet football team made          market during a layoff. … Al Prosser’s June 30,       go toward the 2011 reconstruction of North Fourth
history as players headed to take on the 11-0          2008, retirement as Tomahawk School District          Street. … Nokomis electors quickly increased the
Somerset Spartans’ football team in Division 4         administrator was accepted by the School Board.       township’s levy by 15 percent to make up for a
Level Three playoff action. … Lincoln County           Prosser also gave background on a $450,000,           2006 under-run, but there was controversy before
grew 3 percent since the year 2000 to 30,562. The      three-year Department of Education Office of           passage of $10,000 sought by Lake Nokomis
city of Tomahawk increased to 3,820 residents          Safe and Drug-Free Schools federal grant, with        Concerned Citizens to control the spread of
(from 3,770 in 2000); town of Bradley to 2,738         Gladi Felser, a retired local assistant principal,    Eurasian water milfoil in Lake Nokomis. …
(2,573); city of Merrill 10,135 (10,146). …            serving as project coordinator. … Lincoln County      Louisiana-Pacific Corp. will be recognized by the
The “Butt Stops Here” smoking campaign by              opted to take advantage of a one-time 3.86 percent    American Red Cross as a Northwoods Corporate
last year’s Tomahawk Elementary School fifth            levy limit (compared to a 2 percent cap) allowed      Hero. … The Tomahawk Post Office was honored
grade Leadership students received signage and         by the state. … Tom Tiffany, owner of Wisconsin       with a district award for excellent customer
recognition. … Louisiana-Pacific Corp. was              River Cruises, announced his candidacy for the        service.
named one of 10 of “America’s Safest Companies”        12th Senate District seat held by Roger Breske.             Dec. 18 – The Lincoln County Snowmobile
by Penton Media’s Occupational Hazards.                     Nov. 27 – Tomahawk police arrested William       Council opened state-funded snowmobile trails
                                                       J. Gauthier Jr., 49, Tomahawk, after drugs with an    north of State Hwy. 86 and north of County Road
            NOVEMBER                                   approximate street value of $17,400 were seized in    J Dec. 14. Oneida County funded trails opened
     Nov. 6 – Somerset, the 2002 state champions       an undercover investigation. … Two people were        Dec. 12. … The Tomahawk Police Department
and 2004 and 2005 state runners-up, prevailed          killed and two seriously injured in a one-vehicle     alerted business owners to be aware of a surge of
26-20 in overtime in Level 3 football against          crash in the town of Harrison Thanksgiving Day.       check forgery and theft investigations. … Merrill
Tomahawk. Hatchet junior running back Cody             Trinity N. Groves, 23, Kenosha, failed to negotiate   soldiers in the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s
Brietzke scored the three Tomahawk touchdowns.         a curve and was killed along with a rear passenger,   32nd Brigade Combat Team may deploy in the
… Bradley Turonie, 32, the Merrill man who             Douglas S. Tarter, 25, Jackson, Miss. Also during     summer of 2009 in support of Operation of Iraqi
seriously injured his 18-day-old son while             the week, William H. Engelland, 35, Wisconsin         Freedom. … Janet Panzer, the former Nokomis
battering his girlfriend, was sentenced to nine        Dells, died following a crash involving three         town clerk, was issued a deferred prosecution in
years in prison. … Tomahawk School District            vehicles on U.S. Hwy. 8 in the town of Bradley.       Oneida County Circuit Court. … A 35-year-old
would have benefited financially (to the tune of         Kevin R. Fries, 18, Rhinelander, was westbound        Athens man was arrested for his seventh offense
some $82,000) if a state budget had been settled       when he fell asleep, struck a Ford Explorer being     of drunk driving in Lincoln County after a deputy
much earlier.                                          driven by Engelland and sideswiped another            clocked him approaching at 75 mph in a 55 mph
     Nov. 13 – An estimated 700,000 hunters            vehicle. Engelland’s death was the seventh traffic     zone and he then passed the squad in a no passing
were expected to take part in the Nov. 17-25 gun       fatality in Lincoln County in 2007. … Police          zone. … A 10-day jury trial was scheduled to start
deer hunt, targeting a record deer herd believed to    identified a primary suspect in the spring hit-        April 14 for Seth Louis. Katie Decker pled not
be around 1.8 million. All three units in Lincoln      and-run incident that led to the death of Lucas       guilty to one felony count of aiding a felon.
County were listed as Herd Control Units, meaning      Peerenboom, 20, a 2005 THS graduate attending               Dec. 25 – No decision was reached at a
hunters received one free antlerless tag with each     Madison Area Technical College. A felony warrant      Tomahawk Finance Committee meeting on
license. … Judge Glenn Hartley ordered John M.         was issued for Romero-Octol, 30, Madison.             whether the city should increase its room sales tax
Kneipp, 17, to serve 12 months of probation on two                                                           by 2 percent, from 4 to 6 percent, to fund proposed
counts of theft and 50 hours of community service                  DECEMBER                                  involvement in the state’s Main Street Program.
for a veterans’ organization following the theft of         Dec. 4 – Cold weather and about 7 inches         The lodging industry said the action would hurt
16 American flags. … Preliminary autopsy results        of snow helped set the groundwork for winter          business. … The Tomahawk Public Library
indicate an accidental overdose led to the death       activities. … New regulations in place by the         introduced a new digital microfilm system. …
of Kim Teal, 36. … Gov. Jim Doyle approved a           DNR prohibit ice anglers from leaving any body        Tomahawk School Board members met with Al
$103,366 project to expand the airplane fueling        of water with live minnows, designed to halt the      Prosser to set the framework for finding a new
system at Tomahawk Regional Airport.                   spread of the deadly fish virus Viral Hemorrhagic      district administrator. The job is one of about two
     Nov. 20 – Zahraa, the Iraqi girl, who underwent   Septicemia (VHS). … New Richmond Attorney             dozen postings around the state. … A request for
the first of two scheduled cornea transplants, got      Aaron Nelson took on the defense of Seth Louis.       a full Lincoln County Board meeting in closed
a look at Army Sgt. John Kempen, whose efforts         … The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department,            session was denied. Public Property Committee
helped bring her to this country for surgery. …        in conjunction with the Lincoln County Health         member Jim Alber cited the need to discuss
For the second time, an attorney withdrew from         Department, reported 100 percent compliance           possible litigation regarding a construction
representing accused murderer Seth Louis, citing       with tobacco compliance checks at 21 businesses,      contract for the service center building project.
the client as “uncooperative.” … Harley-Davidson       the first time since the checks originated in 2002.    A settlement was reportedly reached regarding
Tomahawk Operations would temporarily curtail               Dec. 11 – The colors of Company C, which         litigation with former Highway Department
operations the week of Nov. 26 to cut back on          waved for nearly 60 years, were retired and those     employee Mark Sherfinski, but no dollar amount
production. Two powertrain manufacturing               of the 951st Engineer (Sapper) Company unfurled       was released.
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