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.
Future Wisconsin Project wants to bring more workers, manufacturers to Wisconsin
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
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