Although he is flattered by the suggestions, State Senator and Merrill resident Clifford “Tiny” Krueger has no immediate plans to run for governor. Krueger, who represents the state’s 12th Senate District, has been a state legislator since 1946 and has been widely mentioned as a possible contender for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination. Krueger said if he would vie for the state’s top job he would not make any announcement until the legislative session winds up on March 29. Krueger pointed out that many people in his district are not happy about how things are going in Madison and fear the balance of power is heading in one direction with the Democrats controlling both the Assembly and the Governor’s office.
Thursday night pool rankings show Lazy J and Russ’s Bar tied for first at 112-59. Others in the league are: Knotty Pine 106-65, Grund’s 100-71, Frisch’s 96-75, Trophy 95-76, Bud & Dee’s No 1 92-79, Legion No 1 91-80, Gary’s No 1 91-80, Lakeview 91-80, Bud and Dee’s No 2 88-83, Badeau’s 86-85, Mid City 84-87, Gleason’s No 1 81-90, Red Granite 79-92, Grunty’s 78-93, Gleason’s No 2 77-94, Ken & Ken’s 77-94, Corner Tap 77-94, Silver Spur 75-96, Golde’s 72-99, Gary’s No 2 68-103, Legion No 2 65-106, Walk Straight Inn 55-116.
The Merrill Professional Women’s Club met this past Monday for their monthly dinner meeting. Ron Henrichs, Executive Director of the Merrill Chamber, gave a presentation on the impact the Hwy 51 bypass will have. Henrichs told the group he studied the effects of a highway bypass on Portage, Tomah, Sparta, and Mauston and concluded that some small businesses will fail but they will be replaced by good tax based businesses. In other club news, nominations for the annual Top Hat award which recognizes bosses for their efforts to improve the workplace are being received. Contact Ruth Radlinger if interested. Membership in the club stands at 95 now after Kyako Fierek and Carolyn Boucher were voted in on Monday. Mary Jane VanDerGeest is the membership chair. In other action, Linda Osness led a memorial prayer for recently deceased club member Lucille Lokemoen. Margaret Stark was appointed to the nomination committee, Sue Leopold and Annette Klade to the community action committee, and Sophie Settle to the picnic committee.
A Tomahawk man has been sentenced to life in prison for murder after being convicted Friday in the murder of 29-year-old Ronald Dittmer, also of Tomahawk. Joseph F. Kasmierski, 23, had a two part case in Lincoln County Court as he not only pled guilty but also guilty due to mental disease or defect. A jury convicted him Friday of the crime and ruled late Saturday evening that he was sane at the time. Kasmierski took to the stand in his own defense and recounted how he and Dittmer argued at the South Tomahawk Ave. home before the shooting took place in the driveway. After the shooting, Kasmierski went into the home and shot himself in an attempt to take his own life. When he realized he had survived the shooting, he went back outside to find more ammunition but was taken into custody by patrolman Ronald Kammer. Kasmierski was taken to prison Tuesday and will be eligible for parole in 11 years.
Merrill Police are searching for a missing woman. Police found a vehicle parked by the Wisconsin River off of Park Street last Friday and footprints leading from the vehicle to the river’s edge where a depression in the snow indicated the woman stood or sat at the edge of the ice for some time before entering the water. Firemen have dragged the river from Center Ave to Big Eddy Rd with no luck. The woman has a history of attempts on her own life.
Two full pages of coupons remind readers to shop locally. Bargains are from: Expression’s Gifts, Campbell’s Clothing Store, Howland’s Ace Hardware, Banbury Cross Needlecrafts, C&J Decorating, Elmer’s Shoe Store, Nelson Drug and Photo, Bruce’s Cover All, Toby’s Vac and Cleaning Service, Mode O’Day, Furniture World, Livingston’s, Gene’s Refrigeration, Thelma’s, the Guy’s Shop, and Wally’s Video.
Police Inspector Tom Schotz assures the public an arrest is imminent in the armed robbery at Merrill’s Kwik Trip this past Sunday morning. A man who is described as younger, 5’6”, and 140 pounds entered the store wielding a shotgun and demanding money. The man tossed the shotgun in the snow a few blocks away from the store. Police remain tight lipped as to their suspect, but Kwik Trip assures the public they will remain open 24/7 despite the crime.
Chelsea Zerbe isn’t one in a million, but she is one in 17,000. Young Chelsea came into this world Monday, Jan. 9, 1994 at Good Samaritan Health Center and became the 17,000 baby born on the hill. The daughter of Roger and Jodie Zerbe weighed in at 8 pounds and 4 ounces when Dr. Hillary Scully delivered her. The celebration of the milestone was announced in one of the new birthing rooms at the hospital.
Alderman Dan Jackson of Merrill’s 3rd ward has a letter to the editor lamenting the effects of a new recycling law the state has imposed. The city is paying the county $60 a ton to put solid waste at the county landfill and now a local firm will charge $30 a ton to dispose of recycled products such as cans, glass, plastic, newspapers. The cost of collecting and sorting the recycled items along with the $30 disposal fee makes it a losing proposition to recycle according to Jackson. (The city just signed a contract with Eagle Waste in Eagle River where they will pay US $20 a ton to Merrill for bringing them our recyclables, a much better per ton rate than most communities are getting, per Dick Lupton)