Arts & Life

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.

LAMBO website

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....


Kinship of Tomahawk Thursday received the AT&T Innovation Award to Support Mentoring Program for Teens.

AT&T spokesperson Jessica Erickson says the $4,000 donation will help the KinsKlub program...

"'s an afterschool leadership and mentoring development program for teens. The goal of KinsKlub is to engage young people in community service projects and leadership development opportunities. It also helps partner them with academic mentoring to keep them on the right patch in school..."

No one welcomes thinking about their own death, but seminars coming up in Woodruff and Rhinelander this month might give those handling your affairs an easier time of it. Adults of any age are invited to the free "Final Affairs" seminars.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson outlines the event..

Join WXPR Thursday, September 1st at 6:00 PM for Northwoods Café as we feature Heather Innes Celtic singer, who will join us live in studio with traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish music, both recorded and a cappella selections. Heather is a member of the Celtic group Caim and  performed last week at ArtStart. Tune in or stream Thursday, September 1st, Live at 6PM on WXPR 91.7FM.

Remember all the way back to last spring when you received those sunflower seeds as our thanks for pledging to WXPR?

Well it’s time to see how they are growing!

Enter the WXPR Sunflower Photo Contest and you could win tickets to our upcoming concert series, plus a WXPR hat, mug, bag and shirt.

Join us for a "WXPR Party Under the Big Top" Saturday, September 10th at Big Top Chautauqua in Washburn, WI.

The beloved house band, The Blue Canvas Orchestra, opens the night with rollicking renditions of some of our favorite songs, illuminated by big screen images. Then author, humorist and host of Tent Show Radio, Michael Perry delivers his hilarious tales of rural Wisconsin life.

The WXPR group will gather before the show in the VIP Tent at 6pm, then move under the Big Top for the performance at 7pm.

Pete Rondello

A large mural was unveiled Saturday in Boulder Junction as part of the 60th Annual Muskie Jamboree.

Artist Joan Christgau portrayed the four season activities and life in Boulder Junction.

The mural is on the west side of the Badger Heating and Air Conditioning building. The project was coordinated by the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce.