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A Ministry Medical Group spokesperson hopes people remember their New Year's resolutions to get more physically active and join a group starting soon at the YMCA of the Northwoods.

Ministry Medical Group is teaming up with the YMCA of the Northwoods and the Northwoods LEAN Coalition to begin the Kick Start program.

Ministry Medical Group health coach Hope Williams says the program is designed to get people moving during a time when many people are sedentary...

The 11th Annual Labatt Blue USA Adult Pond Hockey Championships are set for this weekend on Dollar Lake in Eagle River.

The event brings hundreds of teams and thousands of spectators to watch amateur hockey the way it was played in its earliest days: sticks, a puck and teams playing on a lake. 2

80 teams consisting of seven players have signed up. Each team brings friends and family to the tourney. For Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Emerson, the weekend is a boost for the economy during a normally slower time of the year...

Many people without warm winter clothing will be helped as the state Department of Tourism reports a record number of items donated to their annual "Big Bundle Up" campaign.

Department of Tourism spokesperson Kristina LeVan says residents, travelers and businesses across the state were very generous...

"....we broke our collection record with more than 22,000 items donated across the state. The whole campaign over the last couple of years has collected more than 71,000 items in total..."

Wild Ponies Talk Honest Songwriting

Jan 26, 2016

Offering dead-on, honest songwriting  delivered in a hauntingly beautiful and gritty neo-traditional Americana wrapper, Wild Ponies takes all the rich detail and narrative of their earlier work and adds a sonic right fist. With quick wit and fearless delivery, Doug and Telisha Williams with drummer Megan Jane, make every show stunning and personal.

Join WXPR and Nicolet College Saturday, January 30th at 7:30pm in the Nicolet Theater for this great night of music. Tickets are $25 or $20 for WXPR members. 

End Of An Era In Forest County

Jan 22, 2016
Richard D. Ackley, Jr.

In 2014 the final remnants of railroad tracks were removed from Crandon, thus bringing a quiet close to a portion of Crandon's unique history. Chances are children today will grow up with little or no association with the railroad.


Remember the claims that the digital revolution was going to be the end of printed books? Commentator Catherine Marshall says not so fast...

ABZ Live From the White Pine

Jan 15, 2016


Daryl Youngstrum

A meeting last week in Rhinelander has put energy into a movement to revive the cancelled School of the Arts at Rhinelander.

The announcement came late last year of UW-Madison's withdrawl from the program that began in Rhinelander in 1964.

Another attempt is underway in the legislature to pass a bill to fund Wisconsin's creative economy.

Arts Wisconsin Executive Director Anne Katz says supporting legislators are introducing the Creative Economy Development Initiative. Katz says the idea is to lever outside monies and help develop creators in the economy...

"....downtown development projects, public art, artist workspace, when communities want to do creative placemaking kinds of things, arts education, infrastructure, so this is an economy happening on the local level...."

Josh Calhoun Live From the White Pine

Jan 7, 2016


Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Café Thursday, January 14th, at 7 pm for a live broadcast performance with ABZ. 

Hailing once again from the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Abz is an indie/folk singer/songwriter kinda girl whose found her niche in looping. Armed with Squirrel (her guitar), and a voice and words all her own, she serenades, entertains, amuses, and delights audiences all over. As cliche as it may sound, she really does have a style of sound all her own. Something worth listening to.

The group Caritas of Eagle River has received a $500 grant from the Shopko Foundation to support its efforts to help people in need.

Caritas of Eagle River is an inter-faith outreach center sponsored by several Eagle River area churches. Co-Director Janon Furlong says the effort is to help the neediest people....

"....we hope to help our neighbors who are finding themselves in tough circumstances. We want to help them with money, we want to help them with advice, guidance and comfort...."