Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr. 
Firefighters blame children playing with matches as the cause of a fire that destroyed a garage in the 600 block of East St. Tuesday morning. The blaze was phoned into firemen at 8 a.m. by a neighbor. 
Warren Weckwerth has announced he will seek a fifth term as Lincoln County Register of Deeds. Weckwerth served with the Merrill Police Department for 10 years before he took office in January of 1967. He is a 1943 graduate of Merrill High School and served with the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952, he and his wife Lois have five children and are members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Last week David Dettmering announced he is a candidate in the crowding field for sheriff. Dettmering is from Tripoli and has been a deputy for one year and is a Navy veteran. 
Local summer softball action remains busy with the Blatz Bombers wining the annual Knotty Pine slo-pitch tournament for the fourth year in a row by nipping the Beacon Bar by a score of 4-3. Standing holding the winning trophy are manager Ike Bacher and coach Buck Schneider. Team members include Dave Schwartman, Louie Fry, Lloyd Boyd, Dave Benzinger, Mickey Terrance, Todd Schwartzman, Keith Burrows, Doug Williams, Cewey Bonke, Lawrence Ludvik, Bruce Boettcher, Marv Hanson, Gary Schmidt, Todd Annis, Joel Heckendorf and Jim Schwartzman. Meanwhile in the Lincoln County Baseball League, Bill Helmuth homered in the top of the ninth inning to give the Merrill Giants a 6-4 edge over Knotty Pine as the Giants stayed unbeaten. Mark Simon was the winning pitcher and Doug Friermuth took the loss for Knotty Pine. 
All-Pro Pittsburg Steeler center Mike Webster was in Merrill visiting relatives last week and he granted an exclusive interview with the Foto News. Webster calls north central Wisconsin his home after being born in Tomahawk and graduating from Rhinelander High School. He then went on to the University of Wisconsin – Madison and was selected by the Steelers in the 1974 draft. “The Lord gave me the opportunities and the discipline I needed to prove myself, I deserve none of the credit,” he maintained. In his first 10 years as a pro, he was a regular starter at center and strong guard. Now at the age of 32, he is nearing the end of his football career. He plans on playing next season but does not know what his future holds. “It’s hard to say just when I’ll stop playing; I probably won’t go more than three more years.” Webster gives praise to head Coach Chuck Noll as he works to overcome the possible loss of all pro quarterback Terry Bradshaw in the upcoming season. (Wikipedia says he played for the Steelers until 1986 and last played football with the Chiefs in 1990. His death at the age of 50 was one of the first linked to brain trauma. His last few years of his life were spent living in his truck or in train stations despite numerous efforts and offers to provide him with a stable home. His family settled one of the first law suits with the NFL related to his disability for over a million dollars in 2005)
The state’s new drinking age along with several changes to its drunk driving laws will take effect on July 1. Under the new law, you will need to be 19 or above to legally drink in Wisconsin, or have turned 18 before July 1, 1984 to be grandfathered in. The drunk driving law changes now lists prescription drugs in the list of substances that may result in impaired driving. Adults who encourage underage drinking in their own home can be subjected to fines up to $500. 
Sheriff Ron Krueger has announced he is seeking his sixth term. A life-long area resident, Krueger is a graduate from the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy in 1974 and the FBI National Academy in 1977. He is a member of the VFW, the Eagles and the Optimist Club. 
The Foto News is questioning the accuracy of its own weather numbers. The paper gets its high and low temps for the Merrill Water Treatment plant but wonders if the plant’s location along the Wisconsin River may result in a lower than actual temperature reading. This past week the plant recorded temperatures around 85 degrees while television reports say Merrill was in the 90s. Judging by the occupancy of the Merrill outdoor pool and other water holes in the area there were few complaints after last year’s cool summer and harsh winter. 
Looking for extra money this summer? The employment page is filled with opportunities. Semco is looking for second shift production workers, Weinbrenner needs a retail store clerk, Domino’s Pizza is hiring drivers with starting pay and the promise of $20 to $40 a night with tips and car allowance, Ashby’s Place in Gleason needs a waitress for weekends, Subway is hiring part time hours for night closing shifts, McDonald’s has full time openings on all shifts, Ament, Wulf and Frokjer needs a legal secretary, 3’s Company needs a dishwaser, Fox Point has openings for first shift sewing machine operators, Christ United Methodist Church needs an organist and the Chamber is seeking a secretary. 
Donna Traeger announces she has sold D’s Bear Den and thanks her loyal customers. Her last day in business will be June 25 as she marks her 12th year in business. (Kwik Trip now)