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Northwoods native meets Kickstarter campaign goalSubmitted: 07/01/2014

Dan Marz
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dmarz@wjfw.com


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.

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Only on Tuesdays Kickstarter page

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They help us recover if we're sick, cope if we have a chronic condition and help manage pain.

But those drugs can expire or just stay in the back of our medicine cabinets for months or years.

And if those drugs get into the wrong hands—such as toddlers or abusers—that's a problem.

That's why many local police and sheriff's departments participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back program.

It's run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Saturday was National Take-Back Day.

"We're keeping the controlled substances in the hands they're supposed to be in, especially with the pill epidemic now, it's important that these stay out of the hands of people that are abusing them," said Minocqua Police Officer Matthew Tate. 

Several area police departments hosted drop-offs Saturday. 

You can drop off prescription or over-the-counter pills, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, vials and pet medications. You cannot bring in inhalers or aerosol cans, and you cannot drop off illegal drugs or needles.

All the drugs are brought to the state Department of Justice where they will be incinerated.

That's better than just flushing them or throwing them out in the trash.

"It's very important that it's not getting into our ground water is the main thing," Tate said. "We just don't want people dumping them in toilets or in their garbage."

If you have prescription drugs you want to get rid of safely, don't worry if you missed Saturday's opportunity. Many area police stations have drug drop-off bins in their lobbies, so you can drop them off any time of the year.


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Wildwood Wildlife Park opened up Saturday in Minocqua.

Hundreds of people rushed to the gate today to see all different types of animals, some local and some exotic.

"We are so busy today but it's a beautiful day to come out to Wildwood," said the park's director Judy Domaszek. "This is one of our baby aoudads, it's an African sheep, and as you can see in the background there are many people busy playing with the baby goats, and the sheep and the pigs and the tortoises, and they're just enjoying their day."

On Saturday the park had a giraffe feeding.

Workers also have been renovating and expanding the park.

The park has many new animals on the way, including some baby animals that were born there.

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Wildwood is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Then after Memorial Day the park stays open till 5:30 p.m. for the summer. 


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