Arts & Life

Bowl For Kids Sake
4:36 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Bowling Event Helps Kids Have Mentors

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin is preparing for one of their largest fundraisers.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters finds volunteer mentors to spend some time with boys and girls ages 6 through 18.

April 10 at Hodag Lanes in Rhinelander is "Bowl For Kids Sake" with a theme of "I love rock n' bowl".

Spokesperson Michelle Miller says teams gather pledges then bowl...


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Rhinelander's Team Has Most State Wins
4:22 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

RHS Mock Trial Team Places Third At State Tournament

Front: Senior co-captains, Erin Tenderholt and Mike Anderson. Middle: Juniors, Anna Catlin, Jarod Hoha, and Emily Ditzler. Back: Sophomores, Ellie Rickman, Sydney Schallock, and Albiona Sabani.
Credit Submitted photo

Rhinelander High School’s Mock Trial team took third place at the state tournament this weekend.

It’s only the third time in more than ten years that it hasn’t made the final round of the state competition. 

Rhinelander lost to Shorewood High School in the semi-final, and that team took second place while Appleton Xavier ended up in first.

Coach Kathy Vick-Martini says each round was incredibly close. 

With a total of 17 state titles, Rhinelander’s Mock Trial team has won more state championships than any other team combined.  

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Listening to Jazz in Cornucopia
9:25 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Other Side of Ninety: Harold Ehlers

Matthew Rethaber WXPR News

Some listeners might recognize the name Harold Ehlers.  He was a longtime jazz host on WXPR, and former owner of the Ehlers General Store in Cornucopia.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with 90-year-old Ehlers about growing up in Cornucopia and the store that shaped the town.

Ehlers also used to a host a weekly music program on WXPR called “30 Minutes of Jazz,” which he would record and mail in on a cassette tape.  He's collected thousands of records.

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City Would Provide Matching Funds
2:53 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

River Trail Phase I Passes Rhinelander Committee Hurdle

The first phase of the River Trail proposal calls for a mile-long stretch near the Pelican River.
Credit MSA Professional Services

The city of Rhinelander’s finance committee has signed off on a plan for building the first part of a nonmotorized trail near the Pelican River.

The committee agreed to put forward about $130,000  if matching grant money comes in.

Council member Alex Young says the a ten-foot wide paved trail would connect hotels along Kemp Street, the Chamber of Commerce, and the new boat landing on Boyce Drive.

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Financial tools for students
5:01 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Giving Students "Mad Money" Skills

A poster at "Mad Money"
Credit WXPR

Rhinelander high school seniors Tuesday saw first hand what the world of handling your personal finances and getting a job is like when you are on your own. This event is called "Mad Money".

Lara Barbour is president of Partners in Education. She says the event teaches high schoolers the practical stuff like balancing a check book...


".....brings them in, they get a budget,they walk through monthly bills, insurance, house payments, those types of things...."

Barbour says they've added some other needed skills...


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Ending After 25 Years
9:32 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Klondike Days Prepares For Final Event

Klondike Days highlights traditional skills and ways of life.
Credit Submitted photo

An Eagle River event highlighting traditional ways of living through the winter is coming to an end.  Klondike Days will have its last hurrah this Saturday, March 7th. 

  Klondike Days President Terry Tryggeseth says it’s hard to point to any one factor that’s led to the end of Klondike Days on this its 25th anniversary.

“The event has, if you will, run its course. Participation by the public has weaned a little bit of the years. Of course having two years back-to-back of bitter, bitter cold didn’t help us by any means.”

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Meeting in March
4:22 am
Mon March 2, 2015

RD Library Getting Back On Track With Building Expansion

Credit WXPR

A change in library directors slowed the pace of planning for construction of an addition to the Rhinelander District Library.

Library Board President Jan Baer says they are hoping to get the process back on track with a meeting next month. Past Director Ed Hughes left for a job in Mississippi last summer and Baer says the process of hiring a new director and getting her up to speed caused a delay...


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A Less Processed Life
4:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Two Ways to Roast the Perfect Chicken

Susan Bronson

When the temperatures plummet below zero, there’s nothing I crave more than some good old-fashioned comfort food. Whether it’s a skillet full of macaroni and cheese, a steaming bowl of rich and thick chili, or a plate full of buttered noodles, if it’s warm and filling, I want to eat it for dinner.

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Conditions Slippery
3:20 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Ice Caves Set To Open Saturday

Last winter the Apostle Islands Sea Caves drew almost 140,000 people.
Credit Julie Van Stappen / National Park Service

Park officials are expecting a few thousand people to turn out this weekend for the opening of the Apostle Islands ice caves. 

After strong winds threatened to blow away the ice at Meyer’s Beach earlier this week, officials now say conditions should be stable enough to open the caves Saturday. 

But spokesperson Julie Van Stappen says visitors shouldn’t expect the caves to look exactly as they did last year. 

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Long time WXPR underwriters
3:00 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Northwoods Furniture Gallery Owners Enjoy Northwoods

We're taking a moment to highlight one of WXPR's long time underwriters, Northwoods Furniture in Eagle River, with a gallery on Highway 45 south and and outlet on Highway 70 west. The business is owned by Allen and Karen Jung. Ken Krall tells us their story...

  Northwoods Furniture Gallery Website

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