RHINELANDER - A safe haven in Rhinelander with a long history of volunteers honored one of them Saturday.
A large amount of enthusiasm packed the domestic abuse shelter in Rhinelander Saturday.
"We have the honor and the blessing of naming our shelter after our longtime volunteer Lily Kongslien," said Tri County Council for Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Executive Director, Shellie Holmes.
"Our shelter will be now known as Lily’s House to honor all of the years she’s dedicated working with victims and her passion that she has for the work that she does here and the people that we serve."
Kongslien wore many hats while she worked at the shelter, but working with the children is what she loved the most.
"I saw these kids all confused. Some came in their pajamas even at night and they were so confused that we had to quiet them down and get them to feel comfortable," said Honoree, Lily Kongslien.
"I’d read to them or talk with them."
Kongslien is humbled by the recognition. But working with victims that were sexually abused or in a violent relationship was very challenging.
"It’s not a work that you enjoy, as we think of enjoying doing something, but it’s very rewarding. And I never thought much about it, I just did it." Kongslien said.
The ceremony included a dedication from Pastor Lori Groat and guest speakers, but there was one special tribute that didn’t leave a dry eye in the room.
"I know it’s hard for families that have domestic problems. it’s not only hard on the mother or the father, depending on what the situation is, but it’s also hard on the children," said Lily's daughter, Lorraine Sackett.
"And the children are usually the ones that get hurt the most."
Lily hopes the shelter will expand in the near future.
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.
MADISON - An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.
Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.
Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.
Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.
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