Arts & Life

With the deadline approaching to file taxes, three non-profit groups are again offering free tax help for low to moderate income individuals and households.

Goodwill Industries International, the United Way and the National Disability Institute offer the website my free taxes dot com

Goodwill Industries spokesperson Brad Turner-Little says there is no advertising on the free site...

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  More than any other instrument, violins have a mystique. We assume the best violins were made centuries ago—so when in recent studies, blindfolded violin masters preferred modern instruments over multi-million dollar Stradivari, many people were shocked. WXPR’s Emily Bright spoke to one Wisconsin luthier who wasn’t surprised at all.   

A Rhinelander art gallery is hanging a new show focusing on rural art educators in Wisconsin. 

The images in ArtStart’s spring show, Rural Roots: Art Pioneers in Wisconsin, show pastoral scenes and natural landscapes. 

As Programming Director Laura Ehmann describes, featured artist Ruth Stolle was a beloved teacher who left her mark on students in the area.

Registrations are open for one of the Northwoods prime spring events--Journey's Marathon which is run across portions of the Northwoods.

This is the 19th year for the event, and Eagle River Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Ashley Schwartz says the run/walk event has a distance and style to match your level of fitness...

"....with our different race options we draw all sorts of different athletic levels, from the 5K to the full marathon and the powerwalk as well. For those folks who aren't interested in the full, we do have the half..."

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Frank Kovac

Northern lights displays wowed people across Wisconsin and other northern states last night.

Planetarium owner Frank Kovak in Monico says they were the best he’s seen in almost 15 years. 

“It was actually to the point where they were really dancing in the sky – greenish, and then a little bit of red.  Real beautiful.” 

Kovac says solar storms like the one that caused last night’s show usually linger for a few days, but clouds are forecast tonight.

Still he’s hopeful for a break in the cloud cover. 

Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Warm weather has drawn people out of their homes for a number of spring activities including one popular Northwoods pastime: tapping trees for maple syrup. As Emily Bright reports, the season has begun, and much earlier than last year.

Maple syrup enthusiasts have been out tapping trees this week, as the warm daytime temperatures and freezing nights make sap start to run. Speaking from the winter farmers’ market, Tonya Hofrichter of Hofrichter farms in Deerbrook says the sap has had a slow start.

Photo via Marv Kaukl


Many Wisconsin hunters are aware of the pheasant propagation program conducted at the state game farm in Poynette, which annually hatches thousands of pheasants for hunting opportunities across the southern half of the state.  Few however, are aware of the fur propagation program. But as writer Bob Willging recalls in today’s History Afield, fur was once a thriving part of game farm operations.

The old boys of the state game farm were all gone by the time I interviewed Marv “Koke” Kaukl at his home in Poynette in the spring of 2000.

For basketball fans, U-W Madison men's coach Bo Ryan is a familiar face. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has contracted with Ryan to make sure his image is associated with fun times in the Badger state.

Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett talks about the new summer Tourism ad campaign designed to bring travelers to Wisconsin....


U-W Madison Continuing Studies

The 52nd School of the Arts at Rhinelander is taking registrations, and leaders are saying they have another full program this summer.

School of the Arts Director Lynn Tarnoff says the school will be back the third weekend in July. Last year they adopted a weekend format instead of a full week to see if more people were available to attend and this year the school will be held July 17-19. Tarnoff says there are 40 different classes and workshops to choose from....