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.
WISCONSIN - Mud, debris, and damaged property still cover parts of Northern Iron County after a storm ripped through there more than two weeks ago.
The lack of money to repair certain areas is largely keeping the rebuilding process from getting started.
That's why the Federal Emergency Management Agency came to Iron County Tuesday.
It surveyed the damage because of its severity and the extreme costs to fix.
"Really if it's beyond the scope of local jurisdiction, and even the states that respond," said FEMA External Affairs Officer Troy Christensen.
Wisconsin Emergency Management currently believes the damage caused by the mid-July storm is around $38 million across 10 counties and Bad River Reservation. Around $15 million of that happened in Iron County.
FEMA relies on local government like the ones in Iron County to help it assess damage.
"They have sights selected so they will be showing us a lot of these sights." Said Christensen.
Those sights included multiple towns, Saxon Harbor, and crumbled highways.
This week Iron County gave its damage estimates to FEMA.
RHINELANDER - Building a robot may seem like a pretty lofty summer camp goal, but teens in the Northwoods love the technological challenge.
It's all part of a summer camp that's heavy on science and social interaction.
13-year-old Sean Timm says the eight day robotics camp at Nicolet College mixed the best of both worlds.
"I like technology a lot more than I do outside stuff," Timm said. "It's kind of nice to have technology like drones to bring me outside. It's really fun."
Camp Instructor, Mike Wojtusik has many years of experience as a technology education teacher and robotics advisor. He wants kids to see the importance in learning these skills.
"The kids are getting experience from a mechanical engineering side, electrical engineering side, design, prototyping," said Wojtusik. "We try and cover as much as we can about the whole entire system."
Learning about robotics isn't the only thing these students do. Some of them are also exercising skills they'll need in the future.
"I think it's a great experience for them to understand what really goes on in the real world as far as a career," Wojtusik said.
Certain careers that often require teamwork.
"Challenging part is working with a team because you don't always agree on the same thing," said 12-year-old Louis Malais. "When you build a robot you do the most teamwork than I think in any other job."
As their final project, students design and build their own version of a remote control robot.
They are required to work in teams to sketch a vision, make prototypes and design a working model with aluminum.
"It's not just you know operating a piece of machinery, it's learning how that machinery is put together," Wojtusik said.
Students are piecing together machines and building future careers at the same time.
"If I were to get an opportunity to do something like this in the future, I would definitely take it," Timm said.
Throughout the course of the camp, students were exposed to prototyping, brainstorming, modeling, safety and sketching.
The last day of the robotics camp is scheduled to be Thursday, July 28.
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