Arts & Life

 Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Café Monday, November 16th, at 7 pm for a live broadcast performance with Northwoods singer/songwriter Scott Kirby.

Scott Kirby is from Rhinelander and has been playing music and writing since he was 12. Over the last few years he has released two albums, his latest Good Morning Jo, is a cutting edge bit of “blue-country-folk-grass”. Kirby won second place at the songwriters competition at Big top Chautauqua. He was selected from hundreds of entries from across the nation and his unique sound made him truly standout among the other songwriters.

As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army's Bell Ringers will be at shopping centers near you hoping to raise the money to help the neediest people in our communities.

In Rhinelander, Kettle Campaign Coordinator Kim Swisher talked with Ken Krall about the efforts here...

A link for more information is  here.

A Rhinelander family has donated the state's Christmas tree for this season.

Governor Walker announced this year’s Christmas tree for the State Capitol rotunda was donated by Brad and Elizabeth Kowieski of Rhinelander. Brad, Elizabeth, their sons, Brody and Hank, and Brad’s parents, Bill and Jane donated a 40-foot tall balsam fir. Brad planted the tree on Arbor Day in 1985 at his parents’ house when he was in fourth grade at Nativity Our Lord Catholic School in Rhinelander. merlin2525

Northwoods non-profits are invited to submit a project for consideration to the latest group of candidates involved in Leadership Oneida County.

The program has 16 adult participants who need to complete a community project to graduate. Steering Committee member Dana DeMet says as part of the nine-month leadership program, non-profits can get help from the candidates in a variety of ways....

UW Madison Continuing Studies

There will be no more School of the Arts at Rhinelander.

The once week-long event has been a key part of the Northwoods summer landscape for 52 years. UW-Madison School of Continuing Studies...the key sponsor... let stakeholders know of the decision this week. The school began in 1964 by UW Professor Robert Gard as a way to bring arts and culture to rural Wisconsin. People from many different areas converged in Rhinelander each July to learn from artists active in the field.


Commentator Catherine Marshall describes the state of stuff, and recalls a famous author who had a straight-forward view of clutter a long time ago...


A fundraising event organized to raise money for the homeless shelter in Rhinelander is set for next week.

The 6th annual "Soup For Shelter" provides the public a chance to enjoy soup and bread from Northwoods restaurants, but it also is a key fundraiser to maintain Frederick Place says Executive Director Tammy Modic...

"'s a free will offering where we will have close to 10 different businesses that are donating some delicious soups. People can try as many as they like for that free will offering...."

Dixie Lunch In Antigo Celebrates 70 Years

Oct 31, 2015
Jill Zagar photo

The Dixie Lunch in Antigo has achieved a position possibly no other diner has achieved.

Dixie Lunch, downtown on 5th Avenue, is a family- owned diner that has fed people from every walk of life for seven decades. Their kolaches and burgers are the same as when Ed and Georgian Ourada began the business in 1945. Their children, Gus Ourada and Sue Stanton continue to carry on the tradition of home cooking. Sue Stanton’s familiarity with the customer base seems to be part of their formula for longevity....

Pete Rondello WXPR

It's not like TV's Shark Tank, but Rhinelander High School students got a hands-on view of what it's like to bring a business into being....Ken Krall tells us more...

A fundraising effort in the Northwoods that has been around nearly 4 decades has begun, and the need for the funds is increasing.

Lets  hear from Nancy Sattler, Executive Director of the Northwoods United Way, about the kickoff of this year's efforts in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties...

A link to their website is here.

Patty Fitzpatrick

  Singer and songwriter Clara Baker spoke with WXPR's Colleen Finn in a special Live from the White Pine performance Monday, October 19th. 

More on Clara Baker

Northwoods Resident Makes World-Renowned Mandolins

Oct 18, 2015
Chris Stanley
YMCA Of The Northwoods

The YMCA of the Northwoods will be hosting an indoor farmer's market beginning October 24.

Membership Director Dan Delisle says the "Y" and Northwoods LEAN--linking education, activity, nutrition--are sponsoring the market. He says the market will go on all winter...

Trail Opens In Crandon Area

Oct 15, 2015
Jill Zagar photo

Last week the City of Crandon had a ribbon cutting ceremony for it’s new, two mile pedestrian and bicycle trail that was paid for by a combination of two federal grants.

Tammy Walters-Oneida Co. VSO

Rhinelander resident LeRoy Eades was recently presented with a statewide award for his work with local veterans. The County Veterans Service Officers Association held their annual banquet last week. Oneida County Veteran's Service Officer Tammy Walters nominated Eades...

"....I've worked with him on many things...he does thing for AMVETS, the NCO Club. What he does for veterans is so remarkable. He's long overdue for this award so I nominated him for the award this year...."