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NEWS STORIES

Concealed Carry Law One-Year Anniversary Submitted: 11/01/2012
Story By Matt Doyle

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RHINELANDER - Nearly 140,000 people can legally carry concealed weapons in Wisconsin.

Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the controversial bill signed into law by Governor Walker.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice received more than 151,000 permit applications through the first year.

Mitch Mode owns Mel's Trading Post in Rhinelander.

He saw significant sales of small, concealable handguns over the past year.

"It spiked about 10, 12 months ago and tapered off now," Mode said.

"That's true nationwide though. We've seen a real pronounced increase on a national level of concealable type firearms."

Mode says there's been a mix of men and women looking to buy concealed weapons.

"Occasionally people come in and want to buy this [a gun], I don't want to use it unless I have to," Mode said.

"In that case, we say buy some pepper spray. Unless you're really familiar with that firearm, you should not be using it in a concealed carry."

Training continues to be important for anyone hoping to carry a concealed weapons.

"If people have never had a handgun, we caution them if they really want to buy a handgun," Mode said.

"In a concealed carry situation, you have to be very familiar with how that handgun works, be able to use it in a panic situation. Occasiionally people come in and want to buy this, I don't want to use it unless I have to. In that case, we say buy some pepper spray."

The business has shifted from away from weapons.

"The business has made a transition from initially from small, easily to conceal handguns. To now, more accessories, holsters, cases, purses."

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 11/26/2014

- The Northwoods teaching assistant accused of having sex with an underage teen reached a plea deal. Find out more tonight on Newswatch 12.

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- And your organization can get some free help solving a challenge or working on a project. 16 members of the Leadership Oneida County program are spending 9 months getting to know the services and organizations in the county.


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

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Small Business Saturday: why stores want you to shop localSubmitted: 11/26/2014

RHINELANDER - Following Thanksgiving Day shopping and after Black Friday, Northwoods businesses hope you'll stick around for one more shopping day- Small Business Saturday.

The day encourages shoppers to stay local and help businesses in the community.
Small Business Saturday first began in 2010.

Last year consumers spent about $5.7 billion at independent stores.

Shops like Imaginuity in Rhinelander have jumped on board to bring in customers.

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Bakeries in the Northwoods prepare for ThanksgivingSubmitted: 11/26/2014

ST. GERMAIN - Not many "made from scratch" bakeries exist in the Northwoods.

But, the ones that do are busy preparing treats for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

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Torgerson pleads not guilty for murder & disappearance of Stephanie Low; more information about informants Submitted: 11/26/2014

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WAUSAU - The case against a Wausau man facing murder charges will move forward. Thirty-five-year-old Kristopher Torgerson pled not guilty in court during his preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Torgerson didn't admit to the murder in September, but he led police to Stephanie Low's burial site in the woods of Forest County. She had been missing for nearly four years.

Torgerson faces charges of intentional homicide, armed robbery, and hiding a body related to Low's disappearance and death.

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Representative Bill Kramer sentenced for sexual assaultSubmitted: 11/26/2014

MADISON - Representative Bill Kramer will spend five months in jail.

Kramer was sentenced to sexual assault charges yesterday.

The former Assembly majority leader agreed to a plea deal earlier this year. That was for two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

A criminal complaint says Kramer groped a woman outside of a tavern in 2011.

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Lawsuit filed claiming magazine subscription scamSubmitted: 11/26/2014

MADISON - The state Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against two Oregon-based publishing groups alleging they ran a subscription scam targeting the elderly.

The DOJ filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Madison.

It alleges Liberty Publishers Service and Orbital Publishing Group sent invoices to nursing home residents and the elderly warning them to renew their subscriptions to periodicals such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel but charged far more than the actual cost.

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Newswatch 12 reports: Teen birth rate drops in the United States, still higher than other countries; Sexual education could decrease rate even moreSubmitted: 11/25/2014

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WISCONSIN - Teen birth rates dropped significantly across the country in the past few years.

Despite the decline, the United States still has the highest teen birth rate compared to other developed countries.

There are many reasons the rate is going down, and there could be many explanations to why the U.S. is behind other countries.

Education could decrease the rate even more.

That could prevent more people from having to go through the difficulties of being a teen parent.

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