Arts & Life

600 volunteers are needed this Saturday at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua for the 9th annual Food For Kidz food packaging event to benefit the hungry.

Food For Kidz is a non-profit organization that packages dried foods to be sent to third-world countries. John Breiten is co-chair of the Food For Kidz Minocqua committee....

"....and the goal is to again package 175,000 meals in four hours. To do that, we need 600 volunteers show up at Lakeland Union High School on Saturday, October 22...."

An unusual third year of funding for a Boulder Junction event was announced earlier this week.

Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett was on hand to present a $14,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce to promote the White Deer Triathlon next spring.

Chamber Director Theresa Smith says it's unusual for the Department of Tourism to provide a JEM grant for three straight years...

WXPR’s Annual Fall Auction and Concert will be held Sunday, November 6th at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander. Silent auction items will be on display starting at 2:00 pm. At 3:00 pm the live auction and music with Bret and Frisk begins. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served and admission for the day is $25.00 or $20.00 for WXPR Members. Call WXPR 715-362-6000 to reserve.

Ken Krall WXPR

More than 500 Northwoods eighth-graders arrived at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Wednesday to see what heavy metal is all about. This wasn't a tour of musical acts, but rather exposure to manufacturing jobs. The annual "Heavy Metal Tour" brings the early teens to talk to educators about getting schooled in manufacturing and seeing first hand what's being built , says Nicolet Director of Enrollment Erica Warning...

This fall, WXPR will cut our on-air fundraiser in half, from ten days to only five! We’re cutting our drive in half so you can enjoy even more of your favorite programs.

Please help us kick off the WXPR Fall Membership Drive with your gift of financial support, a renewal of past support, or making an additional gift to ensure that WXPR’s programming is there for you. Won’t you contribute now? All the Money in Half the Time can’t happen without you and your generous support.

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Miranda VanderLeest

The Friends of the T-Bird Bridge Committee will kick-off a fund raiser this weekend with the goal of relocating the front panel of the “T-Bird Country Bridge” to the front entrance of the Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

The historic bridge was recently removed and replaced by a modern 4 lane bridge spanning State Hwy 51. The bridge is a connection for the snowmobile and hiking / biking enthusiasts using the “Bearskin Trail” which was formerly a railroad route running from Tomahawk to Minocqua.

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An event designed to raise money for silent sport trails in the Northwoods is set for this weekend.

The Lakeland Area Mountain Bike Organization is sponsoring LAMBO-Rama, previously known as Bike-Oh-Rama. This will be the second year for the event held on the Raven trails in Woodruff this Saturday September 24 at the Northwoods Zip Line trails in Minocqua, Sunday September 25.

Continuing a tradition lasting for more than a half-century, Minocqua is hosting Beef-A- Rama Friday and Saturday.

The two day event celebrates everything beef and is expected to bring tens of thousands of beef lovers and the curious to the community. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl says the event began 52 years ago as Fish-A-Rama...

Natalie Jablonski

A new place, a new time for the 29th Annual Northern National Art Competition.

The juried art exhibition had been a part of the summer time School of the Arts at Rhinelander,but with the School's demise, the event is set to open this Saturday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Not only has the time of year changed, but the Art Gallery at Nicolet has moved to the Northwoods Center.

Gallery Director Katy Ralph describes the competition...

There will be lots of purple  this Saturday in Rhinelander.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre in Rhinelander says the main base will be the Rouman Cinema on Lincoln Street. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

She says the walk has grown over the last decade as the public is becoming more aware of how this devastating disease will affect people you know...

Life is a grain of sand

Sep 19, 2016

An Eagle River man defied the odds when he was born clinically dead and wasn’t expected to live longer than a couple minutes. Now 20 year old RJ Schmoll is a high school graduate, a college student and a business man. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest has that story…

Visit Awesome Outcast's Facebook page to see RJ's work. RJ will be at Cranberry Fest October 1 & 2 selling his art.

Mother Nature has to do her part as residents and travelers anticipate this year's fall color display in the 40 percent of Wisconsin that is covered by trees.

Eagerly awaiting fall is Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. She says fall travel in Wisconsin is a bargain...

"....for me, fall is a value. Of course it's stunning, it's gorgeous, there are fewer crowds because kids are back at school. It's the second most popular time to travel the state...."

Klett says one of the favorite places to see fall colors isn't far away....

Nicolet Area Technical College

The next event in the Nicolet College series takes place Friday and this one centers on veterans reintegrating into society.The series focuses on helping higher education and business professionals hire and work with veterans, the unemployed, and the underemployed. This weeks presentation discusses veterans reintegrating to society.

Dean of Health Occupations at Nicolet College, Lenore Blemke, talks about the Hire Up series...

A Milwaukee filmmaker is navigating the length of the Wisconsin River on a paddleboard while doing a documentary about the state's longest river.

30 year old Jesse Heib started at the headwaters near Land O' Lakes on Friday.

He says he's a big paddleboarder and after talking with members of the River Alliance and having them explain the significance of the river he thought a paddle and a documentary would go well together....