RHINELANDER - Anything can happen in a split second.
Sometimes you're not able to speak for yourself when that accident occurs.
That's why one local hospital wants to make sure you're prepared.
Today is National Healthcare Decision Day.
Mayor Dick Johns made a proclamation with Ministry Saint Mary Hospital to make awareness of advance directives.
This legally allows you to determine another person to make health care decisions in case of emergency.
"If something suddenly happens, something we're not expecting an unanticipated injury," said Community Lincoln Health Access Coordinator, Susan Sheller Kirby.
"We have an opportunity to actually communicate that information to our family and friends to actually complete an advanced directive that gives a written statement and guidance about who we want to help direct that care at a time we're not able to."
The mayor says he's been through this with his own family.
"These people have the authority within that paper to say this is what your father wanted. This is in writing. This is what he wanted," Mayor Dick Johns said.
"Boy it stops a lot of arguments in the family and a lot of the emotions that happen at that time."
You can visit Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital, Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center for educational sessions.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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