Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr.
After a heated debate the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors voted down a proposal by Supervisor F. Jack Shook to have District Attorney Dennis Montabon investigate members of the highway committee. Shook alleged the committee was taking favors from local construction companies. The particular incident that spawned the claim involved members of the committee attending the Green Bay Packer game against Oakland at the expense of Bark River Construction Company which was followed by the committee voting to purchase a grader from Bark River. The vote to halt the investigation was 13-8. The board did agree unanimously to select Robert “Hoovie” Koth as the new supervisor for district number two. He replaces Roger Klinoff.
With the help of volunteer labor and the Forest and Land Committee of the County Board, the Harrison Hills ski lodge is 90% complete. Dave Jackson, secretary of the club advised the project got a jump start after the county appropriated $2,500 for the publicly owned ski complex. Additional donations came via Van Der Geest Livestock and the window units by the Semling Menke Company. The building drive was led by Don Jacobi.
The ladies city wide bowling tournament will get underway this weekend. Teams planning to participate include: Fowler Drug Store, Bill’s House of Gun’s, Hinz’s Cork and Dine, Mel’s Big Dollar, Harold’s Bar, Seegers Dairy, WXMT Radio, Park City Chemical, Bee Hive Tavern, Badeau’s Bay Shore Bar, House of Merrill, Al’s Red Owl, Northern Door, Vic’s Beauty Salon, Lloyd & A. J.’s, Pankow’s Bar, and Russ’s Bar.
Over 1,000 people are expected to be involved in various committees to implement Merrill’s Centennial activities according to general chairperson Alice F. Krueger. Activities are planned from March through October with a dinner to kick off the celebration planned in March. The central committee is led by Krueger and includes Michael Ravn, vice-chairman, Mary Lagerbloom, recording secretary, Al Saeger, treasurer, Judy Stockowitz, corresponding secretary, Rita Smick, assistant to the chairperson, and L. James O’Day promotions manager. Mayor Richard Holt will serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Merrill Centennial celebration.
For the second time in just over a month a Merrill business was victim to a high cost burglary. Thieves broke into the Guy Shop and stole from $35,000 to $40,000 worth of men’s wear over the weekend. This is one of eight similar burglaries to occur in the state since last fall. Thelma’s in Merrill was targeted over the weekend of Dec. 4. Other such burglaries have occurred in Wausau, Stevens Point, Tomah, LaCrosse and Appleton.
Two Democrats have announced their intentions to run for the 12th District Senate seat recently vacated by Merrill Republican Clifford “Tiny” Krueger. Charles Arndt of Rhinelander the former executive director of the North Central Area Agency on Agency and a former state commander of the VFW will square off against State Representative Lloyd Kincaid of Crandon in the primary. The only declared Republican candidate is Representative Sheehan Donoghue of Merrill.
The Blue Jay girls continue on their winning ways. The Jays defeated D. C. Everest Tuesday night 66-44 giving them 11 wins in a row. The finest front line in the conference, center Janet Fruend and forwards Jan Wickman and Lisa Bonnell, combined for 57 of those points.
The first of several informational meetings to discuss the future elementary school to replace the aging Franklin and Lincoln Schools was held last Tuesday. A crowd of over 200 people attended the meeting as Dr. Ralph Neale explained that the growing needs of the district have outgrown the two elementary schools and the current high school. Of concern to parents is no location has been set for the proposed elementary school which will be built for an estimated $14.2 million dollars.
Perfection in high school wrestling is a score of 78 and the Merrill Blue Jays were very close to perfect as they beat Antigo last Thursday 70-0. The Jays pinned nine out of 13 opponents, six of them in the first period. Chris Welker opened with strength at 103 pounds pinning his opponent in 36 seconds. Others scoring pins under two minutes for the Jays included Pete Borchardt (.51 at 145 pounds) Todd Rebella (.50 at 160) Jered Severt (1.07 at 125 pounds) Brad Kanitz (1:09 at 135) and heavyweight Brian Krueger at 1:59.
Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr.