MINOCQUA - Most kids like to spend summer break fishing, camping or just hanging out.
But two Northwoods teenagers want to get right back into school in another country.
But they need help.
Two students at Lakeland Union High School only have 24 days left to meet their $6,000 goal.
Nathan Grebe and Steven Zhang are trying to raise money to join a three week summer camp in Beijing, China.
Their goal is to teach young children to read and speak English.
Just last week they started a project on online where you can see their plans.
Grebe hopes they will meet their goal.
"I've always been interested in China and the home life there. It would be really cool to go there." said Grebe.
"It's so big and I've never really been out of Minocqua other than a couple trips around the… Arizona and Washington D.C."
Zhang participated in the same Chinese summer camp last year.
But he wants Grebe to come along so they can share the culture of China with everyone else by filming it.
"Most people don't know a lot about it. It's just like China just seems like a faraway exotic, kind of alien idea to most people." Zhang said.
"Since Nate has never been outside the united states, it's his first time in a new country, hopefully documenting his experiences will give the average American a window to the world of Chinese culture."
They've raised just $520 so far.
Their deadline is June 14th.
You can help them achieve this goal by donating on their kickstarter page.
ONEIDA COUNTY - If your truck cracks through the ice, your first thought might be, "get off ASAP."
There are workers who head the opposite way--onto the ice to help.
That describes one local team who carefully went to work on the Willow Flowage in Oneida County in Little Rice on Tuesday.
"This ain't no joke out here," said Tom Quandt, Jr., the owner of Bulldog Off-Road Recovery Service. "I do get nervous, and today's a day I'm nervous because of the ice conditions."
That nervous energy is what likely helps Quandt and his crew carefully cross the ice and get sunken vehicles back above water level.
It's not easy. Quandt and his crew set nerves aside, driving in a bombardier about two miles off the shore on Willow Dam Road to get to the truck, which was near an island.
"I was looking at the ice," Quandt says as he describes the drive out to the car. "I was looking for holes in the ice, I was looking for the color of the ice...There was water coming up out of spots as we were driving out here."
The crew tried a few times to get the truck back on safer ice, but the car fell through again. The crew then decided to drill a trench to a nearby island and pull the car out that way.
"We can sit and play that game all day and it's not going to get us anywhere without a lot of time and labor into this," Quandt said.
The team got the car out and onto the island around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Quandt said the owner of the car may try to tow his truck back to shore later this week.
The DNR is aware of the situation. By state statute, you have 30 days to remove your car from the ice or get a fine.
RHINELANDER - Smartphone tracking technology can rescue lost drivers, help authorities find kidnapped victims and let parents keep tabs on their kids. However, this tracking can turn to stalking if the wrong person uses it. "It's actually something that's more common than you would think. That it's a very dangerousâ€¦it's a volatile situation because the perpetrator will know where the victim is at all times," said Tri-County Council Domestic Violence Coordinator Melissa P.
She says stalkers can find where you live, where you work, and even what stores you shop at. "The abuser starts to lose control when they go to all lengths to find their victim...If they feel like they are losing controlâ€¦they have nothing else to lose," explained Melissa.
AT&T Sales Consultant Dusty Struck says stalkers can track smartphones by hacking into a built in chip. "It's like a GPS location servicesâ€¦basically every smartphone has a GPS chip built inside of it," said Struck.
RHINELANDER - If you did a double take driving down county highways this week, it was for good reason. Oneida County posted its weight limit restriction signs Monday. That's the earliest those signs have gone up in more than 15 years.
Usually weight limits go into effect in mid-March. Counties put them on to protect roads as frost comes out of the ground. Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek tried to wait as long as possible.
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