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Sen. Herb Kohl Reflects on His Years of ServiceSubmitted: 11/06/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

WAUSAU - Long-time Senator Herb Kohl announced his retirement last spring. He'll be replaced by Tammy Baldwin or Tommy Thompson after today's election.

Twenty four years, 13 committees and 7,209 votes in the Senate. Those are the numbers Sen. Kohl has racked up over his nearly two and a half decades representing the state of Wisconsin.

It was an experience he says was worth every minute.

"It's incredible to me that in over 24 years, people have never yelled at me, cursed me out or called me names, and you know how it is in politics. Well that is a reflection of who we are as a people in Wisconsin," says Sen. Kohl.

Being able to help people across the state is what Sen. Kohl says was the best part of his job. He feels fortunate to have been able do it without catering to special interests.

"I think I'm one of the very only people in Washington that doesn't solicit money. And if you don't do that it frees up your mind, and your time and your energy to focus entirely on what you're supposed to be doing every day, which is representing your state," says Sen. Kohl.

The Democratic Senator says he was never afraid to champion issues that were seen as Republican if it was in the interest of the state.

It's the people he says, who will keep the state strong.

"I think our future is very, very bright. I think that we are prepared to face the future. We're not a highly partisan state. Although, in the last couple of years we've become more partisan, but I think we've turned a corner to go back to the kind of state that tries to function, and does function without extreme partisan politics," says Sen. Kohl.

"It's been a great, great run and I'll never forget all the kindnesses the people of Wisconsin have shown me."

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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.

- Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) wants a spot on the legislature's powerful budget committee. Find out which Northwoods lawmaker beat him to it.

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

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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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Milwaukee students protest Ferguson shooting caseSubmitted: 11/26/2014

MILWAUKEE - The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer in Milwaukee is showing solidarity with the family of Michael Brown.

More than 100 protesters gathered in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee and then marched through the streets Tuesday demanding justice for both Brown and for Dontre Hamilton, a Milwaukee man killed by Officer Christopher Manney earlier this year.

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Wetland restoration plan broadens options for DNR, permit seekersSubmitted: 11/26/2014

WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin DNR puts an emphasis on keeping the state's wetland system healthy.

People and organizations now have a new option for addressing wetland damage because of construction.

When people or businesses fill in wetlands, they have to get a permit.

Before, they could restore other wetlands or buy credits from what are called wetland mitigation banks.

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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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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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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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