Arts & Life

Spring Storms

4 hours ago
Jessie Dick

Torrential rains Wednesday afternoon produced some flooding problems near the downtown offices of WXPR. The area is being upgraded for new utility lines. A tornado watch was posted until 8 p.m. Wednesday as the second wave of severe storms passed through the area in 5 days. 400 customers of Wisconsin Public Service lost power Wednesday afternoon.

Churches in the Northwoods are holding special services as a time to promote healing after the killing of 50 people early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando. An interfaith gathering is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Saint Matthias Episcopal Church in Minocqua. The names of the 50 victims will be read, then the group will go to Torpy Park for a candlelight vigil and other demonstrations.

Bradley Funeral Home

Justin Schroepfer a former Antigo resident, currently living in Rhinelander, died while attempting to save swimmers last Saturday in in Lake Superior near Marquette, Michigan. He was 24 years old. 

He attended Peace Lutheran grade school, was a graduate of Antigo High School with the class of 2010 and attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point where he was recruited to play baseball. After two years at Stevens Point, he transferred to Northern Michigan University in Marquette where he received a bachelor degree in accounting in December, 2014.


Three Lakes will be holding their 5th Annual Northwoods Heritage Fest this Sunday at Cy (sigh) Williams Park from 10am to 7pm. Executive Director of the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce Skip Brunswick says the event is a celebration of the heritages of the Northwoods.

  Rhinelander’s 30th Annual Art Fair on the Courthouse lawn is going on this Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Executive Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Bill Clow says the event has something for everyone.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Last fall, Nicolet College announced the "Nicolet Promise", which enables qualifying Northwoods students to attend the college tuition free starting this fall. At the time, Nicolet President Dr. Richard Nelson said the promise means the Nicolet College Foundation will pick up the entire balance of tuition and fees that remain after state and federal grants have been applied to students accounts.

Nicolet College Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock says the initial offering has found many takers..

An avid Northwoods bicyclist says education is key for anyone using the road to understand and respect the rights of all when on the road. This week five bicyclists were killed, four others injured in Kalamazoo, Michigan when a pickup truck slammed into a group of riders. A driver has been taken into custody.

Mark Nienstaedt of Rhinelander says motorists and bicyclists respect the rights each has...

Father's Day, June 19, Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation is presenting the Blue Canvas Orchestra in Concert at Dillman's Bay Resort in Lac du Flambeau. WXPR is a co-sponsor of the event. The Blue Canvas Orchestra is a weekly musical feature of "Tent Show Radio" heard Saturday evenings at 10 p.m. on WXPR. Ken Krall talks to a person who is inviting the public to come and enjoy...

Ken Krall with Dennis Robertson from Dillmans' Creative Arts Foundation. This feature was mixed by WXPR's Mackenzie Martin.

Ida Nemec, Ojibway Stories.

It's as E-Z as 1-2-3, Eat!

Jun 6, 2016

 Imagine not being able to eat handheld foods like pizza or sandwiches. 78 year old Jack Chopin of Eagle River has gone for nearly 20 years without being able to feed himself, but a new invention has given him freedom and credibility. For more information visit

Miranda Vander Leest has that story...

Jill Zagar

Jared Moore, son of Tim and Dr. Susan Moore of Crandon has been accepted by Interlochen, Center for the Arts, Boarding Academy. Interlochen is located in north western Lower Michigan. Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing and dance, guided by an outstanding faculty and guest artists.

Mel Flannery Recounts April Honor Flight

May 28, 2016
Jill Zagar

89-Year-old Mel Flannery of Crandon is a WWII army veteran.

Mel particpated in the the Honor Flight in April, an effort to fly veterans to their Washington, D.C. war monuments.

Flannery boarded a very early flight out of Mosinee. He was accompanied by his doctor, Vera Bocoun of the Marshfield Clinic, Wausau Center. The plane had  97 people aboard including veterans and care providers. Flannery says he was surprised by the reception he received from others...

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a growing topic of interest. UW-Superior is offering classes soon for local residents to earn credits in Rhinelander.

College Admission Specialist Dan Kuzlik says there has been a call locally to learn more...

".....(the classes will be delivered) through ITV technology. We've had a lot of questions from teachers and paraprofessionals that are looking for courses like this that will help them do better work in the classroom..."

The classes start in June.

City of Rhinelander

In August, 1935 the Green Bay Packers held their first off-site training camp practice at Sarocka Field in Rhinelander.

81 years later, the city of Rhinelander is moving forward to attempt to build a series of markers to note the historic event. Jenny Bonardelli is on the Rhinelander Historical Commission. The Commission requested a design for a memorial through Leadership Oneida County. Sarocka Park is not far from the Oneida County Courthouse.