MOSINEE - When you think back to Sandy Hook, you probably think of the name Adam Lanza.
He's the man who gunned down 20 children and six adults at the elementary school in December.
That tragedy has led to a tense gun control debate…and talks about how to deal with mental illness.
It's also made us talk more about school security – but Lanza didn't just walk through those front doors.
They were locked, but he easily shot through a window and got in.
When Dick Peterson of Mosinee heard that part of the story, he thought he could help.
Peterson's daughter and three granchildren live in Newtown.
"The day of the shooting, my daughter called in the morning, and she said 'Dad turn the TV on, there's something that's happened here,'" Peterson said. "It wasn't quite so bad the first day, but then she found out some of her friends lost their children and kids, when she picked them up. It was tough."
Peterson makes his living putting energy-saving film on glass windows and doors.
But he also installs bomb-blast security film.
"I've done 8 ml bomb blast film to protect people like senators, FBI officers, and big credit card companies," Peterson said.
So why not schools? Peterson decided to experiment.
He put bomb blast film on a glass frame, then fit the border with a retention system.
Bullets could still go through, but Peterson's idea is that if the glass doesn't shatter like it did at Sandy Hook, students and teachers would have enough time to evacuate or call police before an attacker broker through.
And unlike bulletproof glass, Peterson can easily retrofit current windows and glass doors with his design.
"It's just like any of the tinting that I do – it's the most efficient way of saving energy," he said. "The security film is the most efficient way of protecting yourself."
Peterson went through two rounds of tests, shooting at the glass prototype and beating it with a bat and gun.
His second prototype worked out well enough that he's ready to show it to school officials and law enforcement Wednesday.
BLAINE, MINNESOTA - Firefighters from Upper Michigan put themselves at risk to battle fires in Utah.
On the way home, two were killed when the bus they were riding in crashed over the weekend in Minnesota.
Now the firefighter who was driving the bus is facing charges.
According to a criminal complaint, 28-year-old Michael Johnson told authorities he'd slept just 45 minutes the previous 28 hours as he drove a bus with 8 other wildland firefighters returning from a fire in Utah to their home base near Baraga in Michigan's Upper Penninsula.
Officers say Johnson was combative and showed signs of impairment at the crash scene, and later admitted to using marijuana the morning of the crash - and cocaine two days earlier.
MINOCQUA - Three local cyclists planned to bike in the Ride Across Wisconsin event just for fun this year, but a few days before the ride, a good friend of theirs became unexplainably sick. In that moment, the purpose of their ride changed.
"This is nothing. This is a day. This is an hour, a minute that I can keep going," said cyclist Connie Trapp.
For Trapp, riding 178 miles was a small hurdle compared to the struggle of a close friend.
"Just having somebody to ride it for and be encouraged that you're doing it for someone else besides yourself really helped," said Trapp.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's Highway 8 is finally getting its long-awaited renovation.
Beginning this week, construction will begin along two busy intersections on Rhinelander's busy bypass.
Michael Wendt, the Department of Transportation project development supervisor said, "This is probably something we should have done a little while ago, but it takes some time to get these projects going.
Construction at Highway G and 17 South started this week, and crews will lay new surface and install new stoplight sensors.
WOODRUFF - The amount of blood donations usually drops during the summer, but this summer has been particularly challenging in northern Wisconsin.
"Over the course of the summer, our blood supply has declined considerably. It has dropped 35 percent over the course of the summer, and it is approaching dangerously low levels," said Community Blood Center Donor Services Vice President Kristine Belanger.
MADISON - The state Elections Commission has approved mailing postcards to more than a million unregistered voters urging them to get on the rolls.
Legislators passed a law earlier this year requiring Wisconsin to join a multi-state consortium called the Electronic Registration Information Center, which works to identify eligible voters who haven't registered. ERIC requires member states to reach out before Oct. 1 every two years to eligible voters who may not be registered.
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