ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Breaking a centuries old trend doesn't happen every day. But for the first time in nearly 600 years a pope is resigning. Pope Benedict the 16th announced his decision today.
Typically a pope serves until death. But Pope Benedict is stepping down from his position because he says doesn't have the strength. Pope Benedict has paved the way into the modern era for the Catholic Church. He was the first Pope to ever send a Tweet. His legacy will continue with the next pope who faces new challenges.
"[He must be] able to deal with the modern challenges of society, of human issues, life and family and poverty and hunger. So the new pope will have a new, trust I believe, in course of time," says Fr. Tom Thakadipuram, Nativity of Our Lord Pastor.
The resignation comes just two days before the holy season begins. The College of Cardinals must pick a new pope within a month.
"They will have a pope by the Holy Week. That's important. You know, Holy Week, the most important season of the year," says Fr. Tom.
Pope Benedict has suggested that the church consider a pope from Africa or Latin America since many popes are from Europe.
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
MERRILL - The school bells rang Tuesday morning for students across Wisconsin.
Another school year has begun with kids looking forward to a new year.
It also means that drivers should be on the lookout around schools.
In Merrill, police keep a close watch around school zones the first few weeks of class.
Speed limits drop dramatically as drivers enter school zones.
Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff says it's important to be especially observant this time of year.
"Especially the first week or two of school because kids are excited, and maybe not so excited, about getting back to school," Neff said. "They're thinking about their friends and maybe not paying attention to traffic."
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