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Cold temps temper Fall Ride attendance

**Look for lots of Fall Ride pictures in our Photo Album! We'll keep adding more, so return often. Also submit your photo to and tell us what you enjoyed about this year's Fall Ride.

**The winner of the motorcycle raffle was Carmen Brawster, Wells, Mich. The second place prize went to Jeff Anderson of Schofield.

**(Photo Story) Event organizers have long said the number one thing that can make or break Tomahawk Fall Ride attendance is the weather. The recently concluded 33rd annual rally to raise funds for the regional Muscular Dystrophy Association proved to back the claim, as late fall-like weather kept numbers down over the four-day event that in previous years has drawn in upwards of 40,000 visitors to Tomahawk and the Northwoods. While exact numbers aren't known, the drop in attendance was apparent early on as a typically full downtown never filled up Friday. Numbers were understandably way down for the Thunder Parade Friday evening as temps dropped into the low 40s and intermittent rain made for some unpleasant riding weather. Only a hundred or so diehard participants did their best to make the thunder. Sponsor for this year's Fall Ride, Dairyland Cycle Insurance did not have totals from its efforts to raise funds for MDA as of Monday morning, but Carrie Feinen, motorcycling marketing manager, said the first year taking part was a blast and they already are looking forward to next year. "The weather made things kind of a bummer on Friday, but by Saturday you could tell things were really starting to pick up," Feinen said. "What can you do? That is Wisconsin in September." By the way, the 2015 Fall Ride is Sept. 17-20, so mark your calendars now!

**The 2014 Fall Ride did have its share of accidents, but fortunately no fatalities. We have information on the various incidents in this week's newspaper, with a couple of pictures from the accident scenes our Photo Album.

Tomahawk Leader 9-16-2014 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Jed Buelow
Oneida Board meeting time survey

A majority of those responding feel the Oneida County Board should hold its public meetings in the evening, according to a survey conducted by Oneida County UW Extension. Monthly board meetings currently are held at 9:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Nearly 60% of respondents said that they feel meetings should generally be held in the evenings. A significant number of people (23.83%) also expressed an interest in running for office if the meetings were held in the evenings. See the findings in the pdf below.

Tomahawk Leader 9-16-2014 issue
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AD CENTER link with Display, Classified Ads

Be sure to check our AD CENTER, along the left-hand column, for our CLASSIFIEDS and certain DISPLAY ads. This week's posted listings include lots of HELP WANTED ads:

**Doctors Foster and Smith lists a number of full- and part-time positions: Order Pickers, Call Center Agents, Coral Farm and Fulfillment Supervisor.

**Golden LivingCenters seeks CNAs at three of its centers.

**Celltech Wireless has an advertisement for a Sales Associate.

**Golden LivingCenters-Riverview is looking to hire a CAN Wellness Coordinator for the Riverview Health Club.

**Care Partners Assisted Living is accepting applications for a Supervisor of Maintenance to monitor facilities in the Rhinelander and surrounding areas.

**Charter NEX Films, Inc. is seeking full-time Extrusion Technicians.

**A Manpower Job Fair is slated Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Prentice, with several immediate openings available.

**AirPro is advertising the need for a Manufacturing/Welding Engineer.

**A local business is looking for a receptionist/bookkeeper.

**Georgia-Pacific's manufacturing facility in Phillips is seeking candidates for an experienced Production Maintenance position.

**Forestry Industry Safety & Training Alliance, Inc. (FISTA) is seeking a full-time Office Coordinator.

Click on an ad itself and go right to the company's website, if available.

Tomahawk Leader 9-16-2014 issue
Win in Football Contest, pdf below

Here's your chance to out-wit Typo the Office Cat in our weekly Football Contest and win prizes. Look for the Week Two entry form in the Sept. 9 Tomahawk Leader (see pdf below). Search for the ads throughout the Tomahawk Leader Second Section/Extra and make your predictions. Typo has listed his guesses. Enter for your chance to win. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Friday. Emailed entries need to be sent before midnight Friday. Good luck!

Tomahawk Leader 9-16-2014 issue
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2013 Year in Review, pdf below

Click on the pdf for the Tomahawk Leader 2013 Year in Review. Week by week story highlights from an interesting year.

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**Arriving after publication; summaries of obituaries that will appear in the Sept. 23, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Husband and Wife: William J. Gauthier Sr., 81, born in Rhinelander, U.S. Army and served in Army Reserves six years, married Betty M. Cady, lived in Tomahawk 21 years and in Rhinelander since 1997, employed at the paper mill and later a counselor at Lincoln Hills (died 9-12-14).

**Followed in death a few hours later by his wife, Betty M. Gauthier (nee Cady), 77, born in Shawano, married William J. Gauthier Sept. 1, 1956, employed as a nurse's assistant at Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital for many years, lived in Tomahawk 21 years and in Rhinelander since 1997 (died 9-13-14) (Combined services at noon Saturday, Sept. 20 at Hildebrand-Russ Funeral Home, Rhinelander, visitation begins at 10 a.m.)

**Arline M. Yench, 84, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, grew up in Cedarburg, 1947 graduate of Cedarburg High School, married Leonard "Ozzie" Osborne, long-time residents of Milwaukee area but spent spare time at cottage on Lake Kilarney they owned since the 1970s, she was a real estate agent, most recently with Century 21, retiring in 2003, move to Nokomis (died 9-17-14; no services; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Edith M. Keck (nee Kring), 100, Kohler, born in Tomahawk, graduate of Tripoli High School, married Ralph G. Keck (died 9-16-14; private family services, memorial fund established in her name for Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and the Salvation Army; Wenig Funeral Home, Sheboygan Falls, assisting).

**Sandra Fay Stieber, 77, grew up in Tomahawk, married Clifford Stieber, lived in Rib Falls, worked as bookkeeper for Graebel Van Lines in Wausau for more than 25 years, referred to as "Chickie (died 4-22-14 in Bushnell, Fla.; graveside memorial service at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Marathon at 11 a.m., Oct. 11; donations to purchase books for area schools in Sandy's name).

**Summaries of obituaries from the Sept. 16, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Clarence E. Viegut, 77, Tomahawk, born in Stratford, raised in Dorchester, married Elaine Abegglen, member of the National Guard for 10 years serving on active duty during the Berlin Crisis, couple moved to Tomahawk in 1967, built the Holiday Station Store (now Viegut's Do It Express), added Tomahawk Car Wash in 1970, later operated Tomahawk Trailer and Boat Sales; retired member of Tomahawk Fire Department, Jaycees and Lions Club, charter member of Tomahawk Optimist Club, president of Tomahawk Area Development Corp., director/former president of Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce, served on numerous boards and awarded many awards (died 9-10-14; funeral service Monday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church; visitation Sunday, Sept. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Monday beginning at 9 a.m. at the church; memorials to the church, Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation and Our Sisters' House (homeless shelter).

**Don Kahn, 89, Watersmeet, Mich., born in Wausau, long-time Tomahawk resident, worked as a manager at Owens-Illinois paper mill until retirement, moved to Watersmeet afterwards, U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, married to Essie for 53 years (died 9-9-14; private service planned; Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services, Minocqua, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 9-16-2014 issue
City bond rating lowered

The bad news is the city of Tomahawk's bond rating was lowered from stable to a negative outlook in the most recent Standard and Poor's report. The good news, as reported by financial advisor Dave De Young with Stifel and Nicolaus, is the S&P provided a rare road map for the city to follow to get back to a more positive outlook by improving its fund balance in the coming year. "The city needs to stop the bleeding in 2014 and show a plan to improve its fund balance," De Young told members of the Tomahawk Finance Committee. "At that point they might revise. Right now it is a negative outlook." The lowering marks the second time in as many years the S&P has dropped the city's bond rating, which places further restrictions on the city's ability to borrow for projects. Read more about this topic, the street maintenance budget and park user fees in the story the Sept. 16 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription here.

Tomahawk Leader 9-16-2014 issue
Roadwork announced

**The City of Tomahawk in conjunction with CN Railroad will be repairing the railroad crossing at County Road CC between Tannery Road and Jersey Lane starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22. There will be a detour using Tannery Road to Jersey Lane. Work is expected to be completed by noon Friday, Sept. 26. The project includes pavement repair and tie and rail replacement.

**Part of County Road Y from Nokomis Road to Graf Road in the Town of Bradley will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 23 through Wednesday, Sept. 24 due to culvert replacement.

Tomahawk Leader 9-16-2014 issue
NEW NEWS and News Tidbits

*Look for more about these stories in the Sept. 16, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**The Tomahawk Recycling program total is now at $160! Keep recyclables out of the trash and trash out of the recyclables and you could win.

**Clarence Viegut had long history of serving business and his community.

**There will be a Walk to End Alzheimer's in Rhinelander Sept. 20. We have more information about that as well as accompanying stories about life and death with the disease, area support and more in this week's Leader.

**Shed Light on Mental Health Walk also is slated Sept. 20 at Normal Park in Merrill. Learn more in that story.

**The Walking Program is back at SARA Park.

**A portion of County Road Y will be closed Sept. 23-24.

**Third in a series on remembering William Bradley.

**Who won the Leader Football Contest?

**Seeking exceptional teachers for Kohl Fellowship.

**Results from the 2014 Spirit-Hill-Ogema 4-H Fair.

**The Tomahawk Public Library is closed the entire month of September for interior painting and carpet installation. No library materials will be due in September. "Your V-Cat library card works at these area libraries: T.B. Scott Library in Merrill, Rhinelander District Library and the Minocqua Public Library. Patrons who need free Internet services are encouraged to visit T.B. Scott Library in Merrill, Rhinelander District Library in Rhinelander or Minocqua Public Library in Minocqua, and Wi-Fi users are urged to support local businesses who have Wi-Fi available to customers. During September, the library's Children's Department will still hold its weekly Play & Learn program on Thursday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Rodeway Inn & Suites. Newspaper subscriptions will be available for viewing at the Tomahawk Senior Center, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Direct any questions to the Tomahawk Public Library at 715-453-2455. (Tomahawk Leader 9-2-14, 8-26-14 issue, 8-19-14)

**Help bring bullying speaker to Tomahawk. A sizable sum is needed to help bring an internationally-known speaker, Barbara Coloroso, to Tomahawk on behalf of Kinship of Tomahawk. If you're able to lend financial support, make out a check to Kinship of Tomahawk-Anti-Bullying and mail it to P.O. Box 653, Tomahawk, WI 54487, call 715-453-1910 or email

**Now that the Hiawatha and Bearskin Trails are officially linked between Tomahawk and Minocqua (thanks in large part to the ongoing efforts of Jim Wise who fought for the combined trail for 25 years!), the Tomahawk Leader would like to feature the trails in a publication. We are looking for photos of people enjoying the trails, landmarks, wildlife, plants, scenery at any time of the year. Please submit photos to with Hiawatha-Bearskin in the subject line. Or send them to P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487, or stop by 315 W. Wisconsin Ave. Include some background information about what's shown and comments about what you like best about the trails. It would be greatly appreciated! Direct questions to 715-453-2151

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Tomahawk Leader 9-16-2014, 9-9-2014 issues
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Sport recap

**THS Volleyball is 2-0 in conference play headed into the GNC tourney. They went 3-0 in a home sweep over visiting Medford.

**Tomahawk's runners take the whole shebang at the Knudtson Invite in Fall Creek, bringing home the overall combined score team traveling trophy. It was the first time in nearly a decade the local runners took all four high school races to sweep the invite.

**The football bubble bursts at Stratford in a 13-0 shutout. Defensive comments from Coach Lilek include: Coach Lilek. Solid football game for the Hatchets! Although very disappointed in the loss, we as coaches and the players feel we still took a big step forward with our team and the program. Defensively we played very well, well enough to win. It was 7-0 with 5 minutes to go in the game, we played very physical and forced three turnovers. Jake Borchardt was our defensive point leader. He had one of his finest games of his career. Offensively we just could not get anything going both on the ground and through the air. Their big guys just dominated our little guys up front. Kaleb Kaminski was our most productive weapon. He ran the ball hard and picked up some tough yards that were hard to come by. Field conditions were horrendous which played a huge factor in the game.

**Swim splits were the fastest ever at this time of the year as Tomahawk downed Rhinelander.

**There will be a Horse Poker Ride designed to help horse families in need Friday-Sunday, Sept. 19-21, at Rocky Run Saddle, Tack & Trailer, N5756 County Road J, Gleason. For information, call 715-367-5720 or 715-873-4582 or visit

Tomahawk Leader 9-9-2014 issue
Nature items

**Sept. 13 opening of archery deer hunt; first statewide crossbow season.

**The Central Wisconsin River Series was in Tomahawk Sept. 6. The River Series held its final one-day qualifier on Lake Mohawksin, determining the remaining five spots in the CWRS Championship to be held Sept. 27-28 on Lake Mohawksin.

**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.

**See the Lake Series in the Tomahawk Leader. The Aug 26 segment features the Jersey Flowage. The July 1 segment features Lake Alice, complete with history, pictures and a map. The July 15 segment is dedicated to Lake Mohawksin. The July 29 layout is all about Lake Nokomis. They are definitely informative keepsakes. Stop by the Leader office for copies.

Tomahawk Leader 9-9-2014 issue
Links to information

Looking for things to do? Check our Community Calendar for an in-depth listing of area events. And, do some extra site-seeing with our online Town Square business directory to find places to stay, dine and shop. We also feature a 15-day forecast on our Weather link; front page Map; snowmobile Trail Report; and online Fishing Report, plus our School Calendars include student activities, sporting events and information about ACT testing and college visitation dates.

Town Square Business Directory

The Town Square is a great place to check for places to stay, shop and dine while in the Tomahawk area. For information on adding your business link with web site, call 715-453-2151 or email

Related links

Click here for direct links to web sites related to stories in this week's Leader:

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School

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