PHELPS - Imagine driving a snowmobile, while blindfolded.
"Not being able to see totally disorients you," racer Jeremiah Chmiel admits.
Another racer, Ray Kangas explains, "It's a freaky feeling cause you're only going by what someone is telling you."
This unique fundraiser came about in memory of Ken and Peto Buell. The Phelps community rallied around the idea.
Race Coordinator Cindy Regozzi is proud.
"Blindfolded snowmobiling race! We're a fun, goofy place and have lots of great ideas," Regozzi says. "That came up in a discussion one night and we tried it. That was last year and it was very successful so this is our second year."
This is the helmet the drivers used to go around the track. They assured me that once you put it on, you can't see a thing.
"There is absolutely zero vision," Chmiel adds. "If you're claustrophobic it's probably not the best thing to put on, cause there's nothing there."
The weather didn't cooperate, but the experience was like nothing else you've ever seen.
"It sounds scary, but once you do it, it's exciting and you'll want to do it again," racer Ron Buell proudly explains.
Three Phelps seniors are competing to win a scholarship from the money raised. The decision will be made based on academics, extra curriculars and community service.
Jackie Samuelson - a Phelps senior has big goals.
"I plan to go to the University of River Falls for Pre-veterinary medicine," Samuelson says. "I'm going to try everything I can to get a lot of scholarships and this is one that I'd greatly appreciate."
"Hopefully we can draw some more people, raise some more money," Buell points out. "Help these kids out and give them a better chance to go on in life."
EAGLE RIVER - When school starts up again in the fall, buses usually fill with kids.
But Parsons of Eagle River car dealership is filling buses with school supplies for their second annual Fill the Bus fundraiser.
The car dealership began collecting school supplies last week for their month long fundraiser to benefit kids in the Northland Pines and Phelps school districts.
"Last year our new car manager, Brandee, and some others sat down and came up with this idea to help the local schools. It was such a success last year we decided to try it again this year," said Parsons Eagle River co-owner Jenny Gretzinger.
RIVER FALLS - A Wisconsin company is offering to microchip its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand.
Three Square Market, also known as 32M, says it expects about 50 employees to take advantage of the technology. The chips are the size of a grain of rice and will be implanted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger.
VILAS COUNTY - When Dee Burlingame walks into the Sayner Cemetery, she walks to the very back of it, near the wooded area.
"When we bought that plot we did so laughing and saying that the deer would come and run across us," said Burlingame.
Dee and her husband of more than 34 years, John Burlingame, have called Sayner their home for many years, even though they met in Cleveland, Ohio. But about a year ago, Dee's life took an unexpected turn.
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