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Wisconsin roundup: Body found at Interstate Park ID’d as missing kayaker; more state news stories

A body found by deer hunters on the Wisconsin side of Interstate State Park was identified as a missing Twin Cities kayaker. File photo

ST. CROIX FALLS — A body found by deer hunters on the Wisconsin side of Interstate State Park was identified as a missing Twin Cities kayaker.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office says the victim is 49-year-old Vue Her of Oakdale — but the cause of death has not been determined. Her was reported missing in July after he started trying to paddle the St. Croix River. A pair of hunters found the body late Tuesday on the river bottoms at the park in St. Croix Falls. Her's kayak was found soon after he was reported missing, with his keys and a tackle box inside. There have been no reports of foul play in his death.

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Black Friday still big despite shoppers’ head start

Wisconsin stores expect to be plenty busy on this Black Friday, even though an estimated 32 million bargain hunters went shopping on Thanksgiving across the country.

Taylor Knoeck of Marshfield scored a great deal on a 32 inch smart TV for her dorm room at UW-Stout — and she bought it at Target in Marshfield while nearby Kohl's, Younkers, and Walmart also had plenty of cars in their lots late on Thanksgiving. In suburban Milwaukee, Saul Guadarrama set up a tent at Best Buy at 3 a.m. Wednesday to be among 50 people getting a 50 inch 4K TV for $180 when the doors opened Thursday evening. Friends say they still get together early Friday, for fun along with their search for deals. The National Retail Federation says 115 million shoppers will hit the stores Friday, and 78 million will shop online on Cyber Monday.

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Wis. joins S.D.’s legal bid to require web sales tax

PIERRE, S.D. — Wisconsin has joined South Dakota's effort to have the U.S. Supreme Court legalize the collection of sales taxes from out of state internet shops.

South Dakota is asking the justices if retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they don't have brick and mortar operations. Justice Departments from Wisconsin and 35 other states have filed friend of the court briefs supporting South Dakota, which is trying to overturn legal rulings that came before shopping online became so popular.

The National Governors Association also supports South Dakota in the matter, as does the National Retail Federation. Wisconsin has a line on its state income tax return asking people to report their online purchases in which they don't pay sales taxes — but the Badger State does not generally enforce it as a requirement.

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State teens march with Macy’s band in parade

NEW YORK — Wisconsin did not have a full marching band in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

But almost 200 individual high school musicians took part in the Macy's Great American Marching Band — and almost one dozen of those were from western Wisconsin. Students from Eau Claire Memorial and North high schools marched, as did some from Chippewa Falls. Katie Dasher, a senior at Memorial, tells WEAU-TV the best part was meeting youngsters from across the country — and learning how they do things.

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Court: Handholding, confession enough to prove incest

MADISON — An appeals court has upheld an incest conviction for a man who says the state never proved he had sex with a sister he did not grow up with.

Christian Bisbach was on extended supervision for a child sex assault when he was caught holding hands with a younger woman at a festival in Muscoda in southwest Wisconsin in 2015. A jury in Grant County later convicted him of 12 felony counts of incest, after he admitted to officers that the woman was his biological sister but a different family adopted him before she was born.

He also admitted starting a sexual relationship when she was 18 and he was 29 — but his defense claimed that the state's only evidence was sexually suggestive phone calls to the woman when he was in jail, and no DNA tests or family testimony were sought. The Fourth District Appeals Court says none of that was necessary — and the phone calls, his claim of a relationship, and the hand holding were enough to convict him.

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