Arts & Life

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.

Lakeland Union High School

A Lac du Flambeau tribal member and senior at Lakeland Union High School has been awarded a unique scholarship opportunity and plans to work toward a chemical engineering degree at UW-Madison this fall.

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce

Final preparations are underway for the second annual White Deer Triathlon being held Saturday in Boulder Junction. Instead of the typical swim, bike, and run format, the event features a paddle, bike, run format.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith about the event...

The White Deer Triathlon is part of the Northwoods of Wisconsin Tri-Master series, a group of triathlons held in Vilas, Oneida and Langlade counties in the warm weather months.

Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

The Department of Tourism is helping Minocqua to promote a fall running event that is growing.

Department of Tourism spokesperson Kristina LeVan describes the event...

"......the "No Frills Marathon" is put on by the Minocqua area Chamber of Commerce and they're expanding their marathon to include a half-marathon component this year, in the hope of attracting even a larger group of runners to the event.."

The "No Frills Marathon" is set for September 10 and is one of the last qualifiers for the Boston Marathon.

Memorial Day is approaching and that is the traditional time for Farmers Markets to begin their seasons across Wisconsin.

The Hodag Farmers Market begins May 28 at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander, beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Spokesperson Steve Richardson says the market continues to grow...

"....well over 20 years ago we started the Farmers Market with just a handful of growers. It's grown exponentially to a point now that up to two dozen growers(attend) in the middle of the season. There's much to choose from. To get the best selection, show up early..."

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. Published by HarperCollins.

Story Time- Peter Pan

May 16, 2016

Peter Pan, Chapter 3, by J.M. Barrie. Scribner Publishing.

Orphaned Pup, by Eleanor J. Lapp. Scholastic Publishing.

A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthberth Soup. Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens.

Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

The Northwoods will be filled with participants and viewers as the 20th Journeys Marathon travels across Vilas county this weekend.

Patti Gill from the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center says they're hoping for 1,200 registrants this year. The full marathon course begins near Boulder Junction and makes its way southeast along Cty K down county roads and city streets until it finishes in Riverview Park in Eagle River. There is also a half-marathon run, and a 13 K power walk. Other race events are also being held.

Eagle River Celebrates Arts in the Northwoods

May 6, 2016

  This weekend is all about art in the Northwoods. The Warehouse in Eagle River has partnered with the Olson E. Memorial Library to offer a day long arts program called Eagle River Creates.

We will be having digital to old school as far as hands on activities for people. The library’s going to have stop motion animation so people can come in and use ipads and apps that the library is furnishing to create their own stop motion animation films, we will also be doing photo booths.  

NATH's Annual Elvis and Patsy Cline Tribute

May 5, 2016

  Friday marks the third annual Elvis and Patsy Cline Tribute at the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the operations of NATH’s Frederick place in Rhinelander. Director Tammy Modic explains how you can get tickets…

 “…individuals can get their tickets, they’re 45 a piece for the dinner and show. They can get them right at Frederick place, or they can call Frederick place at 715-369-9777. We will have tickets set aside that they can pick up the night of the event at the Whitetail Inn...”

The first National Day of Prayer began after a proclamation by President Harry Truman in 1952, and since 1988 the first Thursday in May is a day set aside to meditate about the role of people to things greater than themselves.

In Rhinelander, Pastor Rod Ankrom from Calvary Baptist Church in Rhinelander was among a group of speakers talking about the day in front of the Oneida County Courthouse...


On Tuesday, May 3rd, Bobby Bullet, joined WXPR in The White Pine Room. If you missed the live broadcast during Northwoods Cafe, you can hear the concert archived here. Click the audio link below. 

Our thanks to Bobby Bullet and "friends" for a great night of live music!

See Aaron Lewis For Who He Is

May 4, 2016

  Angry, violent and dangerous--- those are some of the adjectives commonly used to describe a veteran, and that’s also how UW- Stevens Point Sophomore Aaron Lewis attributed himself. He is among 20 student-veterans at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point whose essays are published in a book titled, “See Me for Who I Am.” Lewis talked with WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest about his journey from veteran to author.