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Two teens accused in attempted robbery of 96-year-old's store

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For weeks, 96-year-old Marge Wolf has been the center of conversation.

Last month Marshfield police say a masked man with a knife walked in to wolf's groceries, demanding money. But Marge refused to open her cash register. Instead she offered the would-be bandit Tootsie Rolls.

"People coming in and saying, oh Marge, I'm so glad you're okay," explained Marge. "Now they'll probably come in and say, oh I'm so glad they caught them."

Police say they've now arrested a 13-year-old Marshfield boy and a 17-year-old Arpin boy. They say the 13-year-old admitted to the crime. He said the 17-year-old encouraged him to do it.

"We owe a great deal of credit to the media because it got the general public talking about this situation," said Marshfield Police Chief Gary Jepsen.

Now, police say both teens face felony charges and could spend time behind bars. But Marge has another idea.

"I say they get on their hands and knees and they scrub this floor with a little brush," said Marge.

"She's old world and you got to appreciate someone like that," said Chief Jepsen.

This whole ordeal has brought Marge a lot of attention. Her story aired not only on Newsline 9, but also on World News with Diane Sawyer and CNN. It was also featured in People Magazine online. But in the past few weeks, Marge says things have calmed down.

"A lot of these kids now think, oh I'm not going to Marge's to take anything," laughed Marge.

But now, she's back to just counting her tootsie rolls.

"I've counted more tootsie rolls," said Marge with a laugh. Because she says it's truly what she loves doing.

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