November will prove to be busy as numerous candidates have now come forward seeking office. Only two local races will be uncontested, as County Treasurer Florian Koehler and Register of Deeds Warren Weckwerth are both running unopposed. County Clerk Ken Oldenburg will face Lawrence Shield, Coroner Thomas O. Vechinski will face Milton R. Wistein, Clerk of Court Janet Beyer is being challenged by Carleton G. Hanson, and District Attorney Dennis Montabon is being opposed by Michael M. Rajek. Six candidates have lined up to face off against incumbent Sheriff Robert Bassett; Clarence Chamberlain, Harry Owens, David Dettmering, Kenneth Edmonds, and Ronald Krueger have all filed nomination papers. Four of those candidates will be eliminated in the primary on Sept. 10. The 35th Assembly Race will feature incumbent Sheehan Donoghue and her Democratic opponent Gordon E. Schroeder of Merrill.
Could City Hall be moving? Members of the common council toured the Church Mutual building Monday night and are considering the move. Church Mutual has plans to build a new home office complex and has offered the current home to the city for $700,000 or they can lease the building for $4,000 to $5,000 per month. Mayor Voigt said he would appoint the Public Service committee and several citizens to study the matter and make a report to the council at its meeting on Sept. 10. Merrill realtor Pat Buckett is representing Church Mutual.
While the city contemplates purchasing a new city hall, they were spending money on Tuesday night as well. The council approved $850,000 in resolutions that included: $630,000 for street improvements, $30,000 for a new fire engine, $40,000 for an airport hangar, $100,000 for a new well and pumping station and $50,000 for a new municipal parking lot. Five new employees were also approved under the new Federal Comprehensive Employment Training Act. Three of those employees will work full time to clean sewers and catch basins, one will split between the water and sewage plants, and the fifth will work under Park and Rec.
Bible Presbyterian Church will break ground this Sunday for their new church which will be built on the north side of town. The property stands at State Rd. 17 and Bus. Hwy. 51 and formerly was the home of the Lincoln County Health Care Center and at one time was radio station WLIN, but the area is most remembered as the site of “Trees for Tomorrow.” The church’s current location at 207 E. 1st St. will be sold to Park Side Pre-School. The new church will seat 175 people, doubling the size of the current church. A fellowship hall and kitchen will also be constructed in the basement of the new building.
A 65-year-old Tomahawk man has been arrested and is in the Lincoln County Jail after a stabbing in that city last Friday. Neighbors who responded to an alarm in the couple’s apartment at 15 Marinette St. found the husband armed with a pair of scissors and his wife suffering from a stab wound to the neck and hand. Police were called, and Tomahawk Patrolman Larry Timm took the man into custody charging him with attempted first degree murder. Lincoln County Judge J. Michael Nolan scheduled a preliminary hearing this Friday and set bond at $5,000 cash.
The entertainment page has some interesting notes, Pete and Laurie Stueber from Stueber’s Country Way (Club 64) thanked their customers and friends for their loyalty the past five years, a sign the closing announced last week is permanent. Gary’s Wayside Bar (Gail’s Place) is now the Driftwood Lodge, The Entertainer (now closed) has taken over the former Roadhaus on Hwy. 51 south of Tomahawk, and Pat’s Pizza (Salvo’s now) weeks of teasing advertisements are pointing to them starting a breakfast service.
Crazy Day specials fill this week’s paper, some of the bargains that can be found include: Green’s Flower Shop has silk arrangements up to 25% off and their giftware table ranges from 25% to 60% off; Auto Stop has coke for $4.99 a case; Estelle’s House of Fashion will take 50% off of its summer merchandise; Eddie’s Bake Shop has a dozen cookies at half off; Hull’s Ben Franklin has bath towels 2/$5, VHS tapes for $1.99, notebooks for $1, envelopes 2/$1, and a Rubermaid ice chest for $17; Helmstadter Jewelers has 35% off of engagement rings, and up to 50% off of Seiko watches, and you can also get your ears pierced for free if you buy a pair of earrings valued at $3.99 or more; The Guy’s Shop has ties half off, while Thelma’s has their summer clothing up to 75% off; Short’s 5&10 has picnic items on sale such as paper plates for $1 a package and cans of pineapple or baked beans two for $1; Midwest Sports has bargains all over the store including baseball gloves up to 40% off.
The fair is right around the corner and the three hostesses have been chosen: Sherry Walters from the Pine River Pioneer / Sunrise 4H Group, Katrina Fehrmann who belongs to the Corning Yankee’s 4H Club, and Jeni Christiansen who is a member of the Corning All Star’s 4H Group. The three girls had to go through personal interviews with the 4-H Executive Board to gain the title of hostess.