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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/27/2015
- A man in Wausau used an eight-month-old baby as a human shield last night. Today, we hear from first responders who helped negotiate the safe recovery of the child.

- A Northwoods fishing guide has grown tired of what seems to be a growing number of drownings across the area. Now, he's working to change the laws to make waterways safer. We'll have a live report from Minocqua.

- And a donation will help the Merrill Police Department keep its K-9 unit safe. We'll tell you why the K-9 first aid kit will help the unit and why it came with an infant diaper. We'll also tell you how you can help other K-9 units tonight on Newswatch 12.

We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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MINOCQUA - Too many times, Minocqua-area fishing guide Greg Bohn has heard the stories of tragedy.

A parent on Wisconsin waters jumps in to try to rescue their child, who is in the water without a life jacket. But the parent, also not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD), drowns, even if the child survives.

It happened in July on Shawano Lake in Shawano County, and on Minocqua Lake a few years ago.

"Accidents can happen in seconds, and there's total chaos and emergency," Bohn says while touring Minocqua Lake on his fishing boat.

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WAUSAU - Wausau police say a man used a baby as a shield when he surrendered to tactical officers following a standoff.

Authorities say police were called to a house Wednesday night on a report of a domestic disturbance. They found a man and woman who were wanted on felony warrants. Capt. Matt Barnes says police had been looking for the couple in order to check on the welfare of an 8-month-old child.

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WISCONSIN - You can spend a day in the water and help protect Wisconsin waterways this weekend. The Wisconsin River Alliance needs volunteers to find aquatic invasive species. It's for the second statewide AIS Bridge Snapshot Day Saturday.

"We want to pay attention to our streams and creeks in the area here," said Oneida County AIS Coordinator Michele Sadauskas. "We're picking bridge crossings and road crossings just for access. Easy access for people to go down and see if they can find and take a look at any invasive species right in that area. "

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WISCONSIN - DNR workers worry about the wood turtle here in Wisconsin.

That's because it is a state threatened species.

The DNR is trying to learn more about the turtle so it can help keep the population up.

It will do that through federal grant money it got about two years ago.

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ROTHSCHILD - At St. Therese Catholic Church the walls speak for themselves.

"You come into our church now and you're living the Bible," church member Pat Schreiner said.

From the creation story to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, 28 stained glass Biblical stories light up the sanctuary.

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ELCHO - Small rural schools constantly look for ways to extend the life of their buildings.

But the Elcho School District is starting to discuss whether they want to repair what they have, or completely rebuild.

The district is all in one location, and is made up of four buildings all built at different times. The oldest part of the building was built in 1938. Given its age, that portion of the building has some people concerned.

"Our oldest building, the one that was built in 1938, also houses the majority of our mechanical and electrical systems," said Elcho School District Superintendent Bill Fisher. "As we take a look at boilers that are in excess of 60 years old, and older buildings, we are trying to determine 'what is the best course of action'."

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RHINELANDER - Some people don't focus on their education after retirement, but it's the focus of one group targeting learning at that point.

Nicolet College in Rhinelander offers classes for people who want to keep learning in retirement.

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