NORTHWOODS - We told you about Eagle River native Autumn Skibinski who is trying to raise money to record an Extended Play (EP) album with her band in Los Angeles.
Autumn came home this week for a routine visit. But when she leaves this time, she will leave with the gift of a lifetime.
Autumn started a Kickstarter campaign in June to help her band, Only on Tuesdays. They wanted to raise $5,000 to help them record an EP. The Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino in Watersmeet, MI, saw the band's effort and wanted to help out.
The casino donated the full $5,000 dollars to Autumn's cause.
"I was not expecting them to write me a check for the full $5,000," says Autumn. "I honestly, immediately started crying and hugging them. I was like 'you guys are so wonderful!' They are. They're great."
Autumn will now head back to Los Angeles, where she and her band will put the donations to good use.
"We have to tighten up all the songs," says Autumn. "We're working on finishing up one more. We have to decide on the right producer, and then we get to hit the ground running, and finally get this thing done."
But the band's Kickstarter campaign is still up and running. Autumn hopes to be able to reach the band's stretch goal of $10,000 to fund more than just studio recording time.
"That includes the recording, the mixing, the mastering, the distribution, getting it on Spotify and iTunes," says Autumn. "We're probably going to try to book a small tour now that we have the money for it."
Autumn says she is very grateful for the support she has received.
"Thank you so much to everyone that's donated," says Autumn. "Especially, there's a lot of people that donated that don't even know me, and that's so incredible. The amount of support I've received, especially from such a small town community. It means so, so much to me."
If you want to help donate to Autumn's cause, you can find the link to her band's Kickstarter page below.
MARATHON COUNTY - The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer.
A person close to the investigation identified the suspect Friday as 45-year old Nengmy Vang. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak ahead of authorities officially identifying Vang.
WAUSAU AREA - Organizations in the greater Wausau area set up funds remembering and honoring the victims of Wednesday's shootings.
A Marathon Savings Bank fund will support the families of the two bank employees shot. Dianne Look had worked at Marathon Savings Bank for almost 19 years, and Karen Barclay had been there for more than six years.
ST. GERMAIN - A school bus doesn't feature a lot of amenities. Seats, windows, and that's about it. But a company out of St. Germain thinks buses, and other big vehicles, make the perfect kitchens.
Caged Crow Fabrication is owned by Josh Romaker. He moved to the Northwoods about three years ago. Around the same time a woman in Madison approached him to help refurbish an old camper. He decided to make it into a food truck instead.
"We took on the challenge and that first build was featured on US Today and some magazines and our phone just started ringing. We've got them in Denver, Salt Lake City, New Jersey," said Romaker.
That was just the beginning for Romaker's company, Caged Crow Fabrication in St. Germain. They now specialize in food trucks of all kinds.
"If a customer wants a food truck that looks like a barn or a steam train or a school bus conversion, we really stick to the unique food truck builds," said Romaker.
The 1982 bus that Caged Crow Fabrication is working on now will be complete in a little over a month. The team made up of just a few workers has one rule- they never build the same thing twice. And they take their time.
"We have a sign on the wall here that says 'quality over quantity'. I think our reputation right now is really based on the attention to detail and I think we want to keep that up," said Romaker.
If you're interested in checking out more work from Caged Crow Fabrication, follow the link below.
WASHINGTON - UPDATE: 3-24-17, 4:00pm: Ryan bemoans collapse of health care bill:
Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama's health care law will be around for the foreseeable future.
The Wisconsin Republican addressed reporters minutes after GOP leaders abruptly shelved the legislation, averted likely defeat for the bill. But it still dealt a damaging setback to President Donald Trump, Ryan and an entire party that has long said it wants to annul Obama's statute.
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