Arts & Life

Gift of the Harvest—the Art and History of Ricing

Aug 29, 2015

It is early September as I steady our small canoe (jiiman), keeping my left foot in and my right foot out, while my cousin climbs aboard. It is time to harvest the wild rice.


Dogs of all types will compete Saturday morning in the Pawzitive Outdoor Games at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

 Carol Lofquist of  TLC Dog Training is one of the coordinators.  She talks about what the canines will be doing...

"...for agility, it's beginners, intermediate and advanced. One overall winner will win a year of dog food. Same with the pier pups. The dogs jump off, see how far they can jump and the overall winner wins a full year of dog food...."

Lofquist says it's designed for the owner and the dog to build a bond.

Teams are still being accepted for a Mah Jongg fundraiser this Thursday to help reduce the number of homeless pets in the region.

Karen Schmeling says the tourney will help "The Fix Is In" in their spay and neutering efforts...

"....high quality, affordable, mobil spay and neuter program that also offers intermittent vaccination clinics and they go around to different communities in northern and central Wisconsin...."


Commentator Catherine Marshall says words are powerful tools, but the meanings of words change over time...

Catherine Marshall hosts  WXPR's Sunday evening  "Classics By Requests" and lives in Three Lakes.

A Push For A Creative Economy

Aug 25, 2015

The Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin says Wisconsin's economy needs creativity and the arts are good place to start.

Anne Katz says the arts make us human and that's why the arts are important. She says  we're in a new economy, one that is has new possibilities. She says the traditional economies of farming and manufacturing are not going away but changing....

LUHS Committee Upset With Rising Auditorium Costs

Aug 20, 2015

The auditorium renovation project at Lakeland Union High School is raising the eyebrows of school board members as they face rising – and unexpected – costs resulting from numerous change orders.


The school board’s building and grounds committee had wanted to meet Friday with representatives of the project’s architectural firm, Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) of Wausau for an explanation. That meeting however was cancelled Thursday because not enough information was available.


Fire early Monday morning destroyed the Horant family business and home in Eagle River. Friends are holding a community appreciation dinner Sunday evening hosted by Butch and Kim Simac.

Kim Simac says they're holding the dinner at their Kula Ranch at 3:00 P.M. She says the Horants have been important to many in the area...

Carol Lofquist

A Lincoln county man will likely try again next summer to paddle the length of the Wisconsin River as a fundraiser.

Vince Lofquist from Harrison Hills began a kayak journey down the state's largest river last month. He hoped to make it to Prairie du Chien, but Mother Nature intervened. But he tells WXPR's Ken Krall, 'if at first you don't succeed....'

Kayaker Vince Lofquist talking with Ken Krall.

Pete Rondello WXPR

The Vilas County Fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Eagle River. Pete Rondello snapped some pictures.