RHINELANDER - Last week we told you about a state funeral organization that lost millions of dollars in pre paid funeral funds.
But not all funeral homes are members of the Wisconsin Funeral Director's Association, and not all members offered this plan.
So what options are out there for people who want to make sure all their loose ends are tied up before the inevitable?
President of Carlson Funeral Home, Dr. Bruce Carlson, says about half of the population pre plans in for their funeral. The most common ways are with insurance policies or CDs at the bank. People also save with their pensions or IRAs.
"The bottom line is it's their money; it ought to be put where they want it to be put. Any responsible funeral director will give them options that are all in their benefit and let them decide where the money goes," says Carlson.
But if you choose to invest in a policy or trust, how can you be sure your money will be safe?
"Dealing with somebody that you can trust, especially in a small community. Somebody that's been there forever. Asking the funeral home where the money's going to go," says Carlson.
He says you should watch out for funeral homes that try to make you pay up front for your plans. You can pay up front, but the only people who need to are those about to take some kind of state assistance, like a nursing home.
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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