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People register to become a bone marrow transplant donor Submitted: 06/07/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray


RHINELANDER - A Northwoods high schooler made a difference by hosting a bone marrow drive in Rhinelander Saturday.

Rhinelander High School Key Club hosted "Be The Match" inside the schools cafeteria.

The purpose of the event is to add people to the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. A representative for "Be The Match" says about 12 thousand patients need a bone marrow transplant each year.

"Some have a match and others do not. So every person that joins the registry, whether they become a match or not, is giving hope," said Be The Match community engagement specialist Kelli Vanderwielen. "I always communicate that with every drive sponsor that one person getting on the registry that day makes a huge difference."

One of the donors plans to donate a kidney to his aunt this year and has done blood drives before, but nothing like this.

"I knew about donating bone marrow, but it's just something… it's harmless," Bone Marrow donor Jason Hall said. "Come in for half hour, get the test and I'm on my way."

It all depends on the genetic make up of the donor on whether they're a match for the patient. It could take weeks before they know if they're a match.

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WESTON - The state of Wisconsin no longer bans the possession or purchase of switchblades.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) signed a bill lifting the decades-long ban on switchblades on Saturday at a 
National Rifle Association and Wisconsin FORCE annual convention in Weston.

Walker said this gives people another option for protection, and it also can help first responders at accidents.

"Say at a crash to take someone out of a harness or seat belt or other things like that," Walker said. "And again, the bottom line is as it is with firearms, the people you are worried about are already possessing these, law abiding citizens should at least have access to that in the state of Wisconsin."

This new law applies only to people who are legally eligible to own a gun.

"The same provisions apply," Walker said. "If someone's prohibited from possessing a firearm, say they're a felon, they are not able to possess a firearm the same way with a knife under the senses. But with a law abiding citizen, it just makes sense that if they're following the law, they're looking to protect themselves and their families, this gives them one more tool to do that as well as first responders."

Under this new bill people can also carry concealed knives of any length without a concealed carry license.

FORCE, or Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs and Educators, is an association chartered by the NRA. 

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EAGLE RIVER - Teams from all over the country came to Eagle River this weekend for the USA Pond Hockey Tournament.

One team even made their way from California.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker is set to sign a bill that would allow people to carry concealed switchblades and knives.

The governor plans to sign the measure Saturday afternoon at the National Rifle Association and Wisconsin FORCE's annual convention in Weston. Wisconsin FORCE, or Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs and Educators, is an NRA-chartered association that advocates for the right to bear arms.

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- Tonight on Friday Night Blitz we will bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following boys basketball games:

D.C. Everest vs. Wausau West

Antigo vs. Mosinee

Rhinelander vs. Tomahawk

Marshfield vs. Merrill

That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

We'll have this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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But they say the hard work is worth it. 

"We call it volunteering, but it's basically you're an unpaid employee," said Catkins Animal Rescue Director Laura Stroud.

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PARK FALLS - The Northwoods snowfall this week set up great conditions for cross country skiing in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

"With the recent snow that we got this past week, things are really starting to shape up pretty nice," said Chequamegon-Nicolet forestry technician Brady Howe.

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