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The Department of Public Instruction announced Tuesday that a social studies teacher at Rhinelander High School, Linda Goldsworthy of Three Lakes, is the recipient of the second annual Global Educator of the Year Award.

She was nominated for the award for helping her students learn about the interconnectedness of the world through her classroom teaching and travel abroad opportunities.

Wisconsin Lottery

A Rhinelander resident has won a six-figure prize from the Wisconsin Lottery.

Brandon Young of Rhinelander won the second top prize of $200,000 playing the Cosmic Crossword scratch game.

Young purchased his Cosmic Crossword ticket at Kwik Trip at North Stevens Street in Rhinelander.

This was the second of two $200,000 top prizes in the Cosmic Crossword scratch game.

It’s that time of year when we’re wondering if we can get our brains in gear to help us keep those new year’s resolutions. In his 2001 classic, A Users Guide to the Brain, neuropsychiatrist Dr. John Ratey wrote, “Our own free will may be the strongest force directing the development of our brains, and therefore our lives.”

In the first episode of our new monthly feature — BrainWorks — WXPR’s classical music host and brain-based coach Molly Rose Teuke says it’s not hard to use your free will to build yourself a better brain.

Salvation Army

Right after the holidays, the Salvation Army reported they came up short of a $40,000 dollar in the Rhinelander area. That has changed.

Local Red Kettle coordinator Kim Swisher says when it looked like they wouldn't reach their goals, the public responded...

"....two weeks ago we were very concerned because we were several thousand dollars short of our $40,000 goal and now to be just so gratifying...

The total this week was $39,500.

Swisher said she made another appeal...

Saturday night, WXPR welcomes a Michigan-based artist to the Nicolet College stage in Rhinelander. Joshua Davis has been in Rhinelander before, as a member of Stepping In for one example, but his name became nationally known as a finalist on the NBC singer competion show, "The Voice".

WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Davis about his singer-songwriter roots to today...

Tickets are still available for the performace Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the newly-renovated LRC Theater at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

Your car is your means to get to a destination, but it also could be a lifesaver in cold weather.

AAA of Wisconsin spokesperson Nick Jarmusz has a couple of tips about your vehicle in cold weather.

The first is your battery...

"....we see the (number) of our roadside calls go through the roof when it comes to battery issues in these cold snaps because the cold can significantly reduce the starting power of your battery...."

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It looks like Mother Nature is cooperating and the Ice Castle is a go in Eagle River.

Led by the Eagle River Fire Department and volunteers, weather permitting, the castle is built out of blocks of ice from Silver Lake. The castle is assembled near the historic Railroad Depot downtown.

Fire Chief Michael Anderson says they need about a foot of solid ice before they proceed.

He says they have about 11 inches, and with the cold snap this week, they should be ready to go next week....

The fitness facilities often see an influx of new customers after January 1 as many people make a resolution to improve their health. By summer, many of the attendees aren't showing up any more.

Wellness and Aquatics Director at the YMCA of the Northwoods...Stephanie Ruckheim...says keeping your resolution to get fit will be more successful if you follow a plan...

WXPR wrapped up its two day GiveBig to MyStation online campaign Friday night and we're pleased to announce that it was a huge success. We received over $9,000 from 112 donors, and the pledges are still coming in. Thanks to you, WXPR was able to close out 2016 strong.

GiveBig to MyStation is a nation-wide effort to support community radio. Together the community radio stations that took part in GiveBig to MyStation raised over $55,000.

Thank you for supporting WXPR and helping raise awareness about community radio and its role in our culture and democracy.

Wisconsin Student Loan Debt At Staggering Level

Dec 30, 2016

While the past year has brought some discussion among political leaders and candidates about the level of student-loan debt in Wisconsin, nothing substantive has been done to address the growing crisis.

Democrats in the state Legislature have introduced bills in each of the last several sessions that would allow students to refinance their student loans, such as a mortgage or car loan, but the legislation has gone nowhere.

Analiese Eicher, the program director of the advocacy group, One Wisconsin Now, said the numbers for Wisconsin are staggering.

Bob Mainhardt

Tonight is the 2016 annual candlelight ski at the Rhinelander Community Trails at Rhinelander High School.

While today Rhinelander has a fairly prominent Nordic skiing program, it has ebbed and flowed over the years. Mackenzie Martin got a chance to delve into the history of Nordic skiing in Rhinelander ahead of tonight’s event.

You will hear from Rhinelander High School Nordic Coach Charil Reis, Rhinelander Middle School Nordic Coach Jim Wood, and Bryan Fish, the U.S. Ski Team Development Coach.

Nativity of Our Lord

A seven-figure grant to a Rhinelander Catholic community means a facility upgrade for a church and school. Ken Krall talks with Father Randy Knauf of Nativity of Our Lord in Rhinelander...

Father Randy Knauf of Nativity of Our Lord Church in Rhinelander with WXPR's Ken Krall.

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Depending on where you live, the donations to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign were either great, near the same,  or slightly off this year.

Field Representative Tom Bremer says last year's weather led to great fundraising, but this year the weather wasn't as good...

" Rhinelander we were down about $8,000 to get to our final totals and we have about a week to do that. In Vilas county, in the Eagle River area we set a new record of $64,000. That's the first time we broke that mark. The Merrill area went up $5,000. That's a new record for them...."

Marshfield Clinic

A spokesperson for Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua says they recently donated more than $1,600 and 100 pounds of food to benefit the Lakeland Pantry led by employee-organized collection drives.

Regional Medical Director Dr. William Melms says along with the Lakeland donation, they donate to the Mercer pantry and the Vilas Food Pantry in Eagle River.

Dr. Melms says the need across the Northwoods is growing...

A report last week detailed a growing shortage of teachers as more Baby Boomers retire.

Ron Martin is President of Wisconsin Education Association Council and an 8th grade teacher in Eau Claire. He says information from the state education colleges shows fewer people are going into teaching...

"....working with our UW-System and our student program we have an incredible shortage of people wanting to go into the teaching profession, which is concerning when we take a look at the data and the number of people retiring in the next five years..."