Arts & Life

Klett Gives JEM Grant For White Deer Triatholon

May 15, 2015
Eric Johnson

Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett was in Boulder Junction on Thursday, May 14th to present a $21,500 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant check to Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce officials in support of marketing efforts promoting the Chamber’s inaugural White Deer Triathlon on Saturday, May 16th.


The state's Tourism Director thinks a new  event this fall in the Northwoods will be a hit. Tourism Director Stephanie Klett presented a $15,000 marketing grant to Tommy O's Playhouse in Hazelhurst where the first annual Medieval Faire will be held the weekend of September 10...

Sometimes a family's history has some interesting stories. WXPR's Emily Bright tells us sometimes there are stories in a family's past that are very unusual. This feature comes in two parts: Act 1: A Prohibition Mystery and Act 2: The Matchmaking Photograph.

This is the first of some Northwoods family stories...and perhaps yours could be a part of that, too. If you want to have your genealogy story told, contact Emily Bright at 715-362-6000.

Tom Freeman

In their heyday in the earlier part of the 1900s, boathouses were far more than just a place to store your boat. Now more than 30 years have passed since new boathouses have been built. Emily Bright spoke to one Manitowish Waters man dedicated to documenting this unique Northwoods architecture....


Berdes Family

George R. Berdes, 1931 – 2015

George R. Berdes, a journalist and writer, died on May 6, 2015 in Milwaukee.  George’s  love of words produced a lifetime of fulfilling work as a journalist, teacher, editor, and in international affairs in Washington, D.C. and several foreign countries. His love for his wife, children and grandchildren was his passion.

Long time Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith is leaving that post to take the directorship of the Campanile Center For The Arts.

Smith says it was a tough decision to leave the job she's held for 10 years as she says the community was very supportive...

"....everyone is very hard working and involved in the chamber and the other organizations in the area. We have worked together for a long time to build Boulder Junction making it a premier destination here in the Northwoods...."


The promising forecast and the 19th  Journeys marathon Saturday in Eagle River has local businesses gearing up for visitors.

Race director Ashley Schwartz says this year’s attendance looks to be record-breaking. Last year nearly 1100 runners and walkers  from 10 states competed at Journeys.  The event includes  a marathon, half-marathon, power walk and 5 K events. Schwartz points out how many of the participants from out of town stay, eat, and shop in town after the event...


Students got a close up look at a possible career Thursday morning in Rhinelander. The annual "Careers On Wheels" was held in a city of Rhinelander downtown parking lot.There were logging trucks and logging equipment,  street sweepers, utility vehicles and other machines with children around them talking to workers who operate the machine.

 Rhinelander School District spokesperson Mike Cheslock says the day is designed to give young people a close up look at jobs involving transportation....

The St. Matthias Thrift Shop in Minocqua has given the Minocqua Police Department a donation of more than $10,000 to purchase body cameras.

Jan Degner manages the thrift shop. She says they received a written request from the police department....

"....I contacted committee members and they all thought it was a wonderful way for us to use some of our money to help the community so I contacted with Chief Jaeger and gave him a check to cover the cost of the 12 cameras to cover the department...."

Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River has reached 93 percent of the money they sought to buy a statute commemorating the Civilian Conservation Corps workers.

Operations manager Cheryl Todea says they are nearing the end of a project that began a year and half ago....

" honor the Civilian Conservation Corps veterans who had a really great impact all over the nation in the late 1930's and '40's..., planting trees, laying railroad ties, building shelters...."