CRANDON - Every school in Wisconsin teaches its students the basic academic subjects--math, science, and reading. Few schools set aside forgiveness as a special area of study.
High schoolers in Crandon will get a weekly class on forgiveness this year.
This summer, Superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder spoke at an international conference on forgiveness in Jerusalem.
"It was humbling. It was really, really humbling. I'm just a wannabe cowboy from my youth," Kryder said with a laugh. "Somehow, I end up being fortunate and blessed to work here in Crandon, which I am."
Kryder wrote his doctoral dissertation on the subject.
"We know that forgiveness can help people with their mental health issues and can help them with their physical needs and to be a person that can help create a better environment," Kryder said. "Why would we not teach forgiveness to people?"
Few schools in Wisconsin have forgiveness education as part of their academic curriculum.
"Yeah, I get 'Intriguing' a lot," Kryder said. "'Hey, you're doing forgiveness. Wow, that's intriguing. That's wild.'"
Kryder joined Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders at the conference in Jerusalem. It also included educators from across the world.
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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