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A new year brings new leadership to Tomahawk schoolsSubmitted: 09/10/2013
Story By Lex Gray

A new year brings new leadership to Tomahawk schools
TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawk School District started the new school year with new leadership.

Sherry Baker took over the superintendent job in July, but now that students are back, she can get to the part of the job that she really likes.

"My stamp is to be out and about and in the classrooms and talking to the kids. Like when they're out there eating, I'm out there talking to them and talking to the teachers. I'm a teacher at heart," Baker says. "It's difficult for me to do the CEO work without being out there. I figure, there are evenings in my life, that's when I can do this paperwork."

Baker taught for more than 20 years in Rhinelander. She spent the last eight years as superintendent in Turtle Lake.

Baker doesn't plan on making major overhauls in the district, because the whole educational system is already undergoing big changes.

"My job here as the superintendent is to help the staff, to help the administration to make all of those changes doable, and yet do very well at them," she says.

One of Baker's first project is creating a new compensation plan for teachers.

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RHINELANDER - Nicole Hanse has a passion for health and she took a risk on it.

"I just kind of put a business out there," said Hanse.

That business started two years ago. But it wasn't just a love for wellness that motivated the start of a career in holistic living.

"I have Celiac Disease," Hanse said.

It's a disease that causes migraines, fatigue, and can keep her body from getting the nutrition she needs.

So Hanse decided to help everyone stay healthy after she learned how to help keep her health in good form. That's by proper diet, exercise, and the use of chemical free products like essential oils.

"Products that they can use in the home to reduce the toxic load for personal care products," she continued.

Even with four years of using and distributing Young Living Essential Oils, people still have their doubts on what she does.

"A lot of people don't know what health coaching is or people are just kind of apprehensive," Hanse said.

But Kristal Blomberg is one person who wasn't apprehensive about working with Hanse. They've been working together for about a year using essential oils to help their lives.

"I used to get chronic sinus infections and always at the doctors getting prescriptions and stuff," Blomberg said.

As a small Northwoods health and wellness business, Hanse wants to provide people with information they can use to better their lives.

"I want them to be empowered by knowledge and that's simply it," said Hanse.

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RHINELANDER - It's easy to slip on ice, skid on roads, or get stuck in the snow.

One thing that also happens is joint pain from common winter activities.

Shoveling snow is one of the biggest problems Rhinelander Chiropractor Dr. Tony Lowenberg sees causing this pain.

He said shoveling snow is a physical activity that can cause excessive stress on the body; especially for people who don't lift heavy often.

"Lifting and the twisting creates wear and tear on their body. Then [people] feel it as pain and then their muscles get tight," said Dr. Lowenberg.

Landscaper Greg Piasecki shovels snow as part of his job.

He said that shoveling snow causes him to have lower back pain. He needs to take pain relievers before and after.

"It's hard on your body if you shovel a lot," Piasecki said.

Dr. Lowenberg said chiropractic care can help prevent pain.

He also recommended stretching beforehand to warm up your body.

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THREE LAKES - Local businesses got a chance to show off their creations Sunday at Fika's Bakery and Coffee in Three Lakes. 

People could come in and get a cup of coffee while seeing the different things for sale.

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MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. -elect Tony Evers and incoming Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will go on a statewide budget listening tour starting this week.

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MADISON (WMTV) -

Five people were injured after a shooting and stabbing on the east side of Madison early Sunday morning.

Police were sent to Visions Nightclub at 3554 E. Washington Ave. for a fight in progress at 1:44 a.m., according to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval's blog.


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MINOCQUA - Minocqua Winter Park opened its doors for its ski season this weekend, about three weeks earlier than past years.

Jo Horton comes to the park almost everyday to get her daily exercise in.
"I love to exercise and skiing is my winter sport," said Horton.

She gets to put on her skis earlier this year thanks to Jon Hollander. Hollander is a part of the park's trail committee.

"It's a lot of work," said Hollander. "The hardest part of the job is clearing down trees."

Hollander said they were able to open early because he continued to groom in the summer months.

"It's removing stumps, rocks, and boulders," said Hollander.

But he said all his hard work makes it worth it when he sees people like Horton getting out on the trails.

"The fun part is to see people come out and enjoy the park," said Hollander.
"A day like today is excellent," said Horton.

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A little after 11:00 a.m., police responded to a semi-truck that was looking for a weigh station. The driver tried to turn around but got stuck.

Oneida County Deputy Sheriff Michael Baran said there were no injuries.

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