Arts & Life

Father Dean Einerson

A well-known Northwoods religious and social leader is retiring.

Father Dean Einerson has announced he will be retiring June 30 from St. Augustine's(august-inz) Episcopal Church in Rhinelander. He has been rector at the church since 2002.

Dustin Bronson

Though often referred to as mud season, the transition from winter to spring also hearkens the arrival of sugaring season in the northwoods. Sugar maples trees—along with a variety of other tree species—are tapped when daytime temperatures rise above freezing and nighttime temperatures fall below freezing. During a good spring the sap may run for as much as a month, or until the daily freeze/thaw cycle ends, or buds burst and leaves begin to develop on the trees.

A film festival by, about and for women returns to Three Lakes this weekend.

Lunafest is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues.  The event is hosted by Wisconsin Women Equal Prosperity. Spokesperson Brenda Halminiak says the short films touch many topics...

"...the films are short films produced by women filmmakers and they include a number of topics including women's health, motherhood, aging, body image, cultural diversity and others...."

Pete Rondello

A plan for a bike trail to connect Phelps and Conover has gotten a financial boost.

The DNR’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund is awarding the project $120,000.  That's about $40,000 more than it initially gave. 

Great Headwaters Trail spokesperson Jeff Currie says it will help fund the second portion what should eventually be 11 miles of trail. 

“The section it was applied for is the middle section that goes from Muskrat Creek Road, to where Songhill Lane meets County Highway K, on railroad grade that runs north of Highway K.” 

WXPR Public Radio announces that long-time staff member Jessie Dick will begin new duties at the radio station as Marketing Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.

Next Read: The Tender Bar

Apr 6, 2015
Photo courtesy of Hachette Books, a Division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Join me in reading The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer , our next book for WXPR’s New Perspectives Up North book club.

This heartwarming yet spellbinding book is a story about relationships. The ones we’re born into, the ones we’ve lost, the ones we’re seeking. We can’t explain them all. Some come in place of others, some help form who we are as adults, some their missing parts have us longing for something or someone else.

With honesty and humour, The Tender Bar takes a look at the heart of a lonely boy seeking a father figure in the unlikely of places, the corner bar.

Discussion: Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

Apr 6, 2015

We welcomed guests to join us at the WXPR studio headquarters in Rhinelander Wisconsin last Wednesday for an in-person discussion of our first book Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening, a memoir about the relationship between the author, Carol Wall, and her gardener and friend, Mr. Owita, a recent immigrant from Kenya. 

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A Rhinelander native is helping launch a new theater company in the Bayfield area. 

Sidekick Theatre will put on its first season this summer at Stage North in Washburn.   

Co-founder Brian Pekol says it will coexist with The Groundlings, a community theater group that performs at Stage North during the off season.

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...

Emily Bright / WXPR News


  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.