Arts & Life

Rhinelander Community Foundation

They're closing in on their goal, and a few more donations will hopefully get them there. That's the word from Northwoods United Way Executive Director Nancy Sattler....

" can send it donations for the 2017 fundraising campaign all the way through January. We would appreciate that if you would do that because we are do close to meeting our goal. We want to be able to announce to everybody that we did meet our goal. We want to be able to fund those 27 agencies with the amount that would like to be able to...."


Northwoods high school students got a taste of what a challenge navigating the world of money can be Wednesday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

Rhinelander School District  Business Education Teacher Patrick Kubeny describes how the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl competition works...

Record Store Day

Jan 9, 2018

Record Store Day will be celebrated this year on April 21st.  It’s day dedicated to honoring and celebrating the culture of indie record stores.

On April 21st WXPR will open our own “pop up record store” selling used vinyl and CDs.

The fun will take place at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander, Saturday, April 21st from noon to 4pm and will include a cash bar and music.

Do some spring cleaning, dust off those old records and CDs in your closet, and bring them into WXPR!

All proceeds from the sale benefit WXPR.

Questions? Call us 715-362-6000.

A long-time Northwoods naturalist and author is hoping people who enjoy old growth forests will help him out with his next project.

John Bates of Mercer has penned Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (and where to find them). The book will be self-published and is about 340 pages, full color, with over 200 maps, photos, and graphics. The first chapter provides a history of old-growth and why almost all of the forests were cut.

Ken Krall talked with John Bates about the project...

A bowl of hot soup sounds good on a cold day, and an opportunity for that warmth will help feed and house others in 2018.

The annual Lakeland Soup For Shelter benefit is set for January 13 at Holy Family Catholic Church on Highway "J" in Woodruff.

Frederick Place Homeless Shelter Executive Director Tammy Modic says area restaurants donate soup to enjoy....

The cold weather is a reminder that warm clothes are needed and a promotion started by the state Department of Tourism with local collections has proven a success.

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce reports "The Big Bundle Up" exceeded the goal they set for collecting warm winter clothing. Chamber officials say they had a goal of 200 items and ended with 263, including coats, mittens, hats and more.

The collected items will be donated to the Warm for Winter pantry, held the last Saturday of the month at Friendly Village in Rhinelander.

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Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16-24 improve the quality of their lives by empowering them to get jobs and become independent.

Blackwell opened as a Job Corps center in 1965 near Laona in Forest county. Since then, over 15,000 students have benefited from the federal scholarships offered through Blackwell Job Corps.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle fundraiser raised about $33,000 this holiday season.

Kettle Campaign Coordinator Kim Swisher says while the goal was $40,000, many positives resulted from the campaign...

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The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Woodruff each year hosts a presentation celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They bring in a special guest to talk about the legacy left by Dr. King as it relates to today's issues. This year, the guest is from close to home. Cara Fitzgerald is a 2001 Rhinelander High School grad and teaches English in Madison-area schools. She and other staff at one school worked to have the entire school read on police and race relations and have a conversation about it. The idea has spread to other schools. Quinntheislander

The bone-chilling cold of the past week is a reminder that a free winter clothing giveaway continues this weekend.

"Warm for Winter"  co-coordinator Jan Leschke says they will open the pantry tomorrow in Rhinelander...

"....with this cold weather we have plenty to keep people warm. Adults, kids, the whole family actually. We have boots, jackets, snow pants, bedding and toys for the kids. We have hats and mitts and scarves. Just about anything that touches your body we have and it's free, that's the best part...."

Rhinelander Community Foundation

The Rhinelander Community Foundation recently awarded a $ 2,000 grant to the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing, the lead organization for the Frederick Place homeless shelter.

Community Foundation Coordinator Sue Makris says the money came in part from an anonymous donor... 

"....we were fortunate to have a donor come forward wanting to contribute money for NATH for the operation of Frederick Place. The Board of Directors for the Community Foundation chose to match it out of some early granting that their doing...."

Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2017

The best of the holidays to all of you from your friends at WXPR.


If you don't have a place to go Christmas day to be with others for a meal, here's an option:

"...this is the Rhinelander Lions free community Christmas meal that we've been doing for the last 30 years. It is an opportunity for anybody that is home alone or if they just don't want to cook for the day, or they want to be with others, to come to Nativity of our Lord, North Stevens St. for this year's dinner..."

That's Mike Romportl of Rhinelander Lions. Volunteers prepare a meal to share with others.

Lights of the

It was established as a preview event, but if initial public reaction is any indicator, it will be here for a long time.

Lights of the Northwoods held their first event over the weekend at Hodag Park in Rhinelander.

Volunteers placed 50,000 Christmas lights in Rhinelander's largest park.

Group vice-president Shawn Will says the public responded....

" was humbling. I'm running out of words to describe the number of people that came out and supported us at Lights of the Northwoods..."

Will details the turnout...

When the bills come in in January, the good feelings from the holidays can  turn sour.

Oneida County UW-Extension Family Living educator Sara Richie says the best way to approach the spending season is to set aside money at other times to use at this time. But she says that isn't always possible...