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.
NORTHWOODS - People in Wisconsin love their beer, but alcohol is a big problem in the Northwoods. Experts want people to remember that alcohol is a drug and should never be abused.
Alcohol is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. Experts feel drinking here in the Northwoods has become too normalized.
“When you talk to people even from the Northwoods community alcohol goes hand in hand with family gatherings , graduation, prom, hunting, snowmobiling, recreational activities,” says Katie Kennedy, Options Counseling Service Clinician. “It's kind of created this normalized look at alcohol that it's okay to do that in these environments or in these situations when it actually really increases risks.”
It's not just adults that have alcohol problems. Kids under 21 are finding unique ways to abuse the drug. Some have even resorted to snorting alcohol as a means to get drunk faster.
“What happens anytime you ingest a substance as far as snorting like right into your nose it goes into your mucus membrane,” says Kennedy. “So instead of drinking alcohol whereas it's processed through your system it's a process, the alcohol goes immediately into your body into your blood stream it affects you a lot quicker.”
In 2012 Wisconsin was the number one state for binge drinking. That's according to the Center for Disease Control. April is alcohol awareness month.
GREEN BAY - Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars.
Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a forfeiture.
Prosecutor David Lasee says with fines and court costs, Martinez will owe about $1,100, while Jaimes will have to pay $600 to $700.
Martinez, Jaimes and two others were charged after Mercy for Animals, an animal-rights group, secretly recorded workers beating injured cows.
Jaimes' attorney, Luca Lopes Fagundes, says workers were told they needed to make sure sick cows didn't remain down because they could die.
A message left with Martinez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
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