Arts & Life

Cold through Thanksgiving
10:27 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Snow Piles Up In Northwoods

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Snow continues across northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula this Veterans Day. Many cancelations of schools and activities. Road crews are working to stay ahead of the snow which began Monday morning, stopped for awhile mid-Monday, then picked up overnight, depositing several more inches of snow. Roads are snow covered and slippery across the north and travel isn't recommended.

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Arts & Life
10:35 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Cajun Music in February

Cajun Strangers

 

The Cajun Strangers- Friday, February 6th, 2015- 7:30PM in the Nicolet Theater Rhinelander.

Cajun folk dance music! With their unbridled energy, contagious enthusiasm, and accordion and fiddle driven music, the Cajun Strangers will have you on your feet dancing with your neighbor. 

http://www.cajunstrangers.com/

$20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door. 

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Arts & Life
1:59 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Familiar voices at new times when NPR's show clocks change on November 17

There’s a structure to NPR newsmagazine programs on WXPR that’s about to change.

NPR news shows are governed by a ‘clock.’ These graphical representations of each hour lay out what happens in a program and when

Whether it’s a newscast, A Writer’s Almanac, Marketplace Morning Report or a report from a community contributor, it happens at a precise time according to the clock.

This clock coordinates between hosts in NPR’s studios in Washington and WXPR’s hosts, so we don’t end up talking over each other.

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Surveying Silent Sports Enthusiasts
3:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Advisory Council Asks About Non-Motorized Trail Use

An advisory council wants to know how people use ski trails, bike trails, and other non-motorized routes.
Credit Tim Gillin

An advisory council to the state DNR is asking the public for input on non-motorized trail use.

The recently-formed Non-motorized Recreation and Transportation Trails Council hopes to represent the needs of silent sports users in Wisconsin. 

Council member and editor of Silent Sports magazine Joel Patenaude says the new survey wants feedback from users about their needs and concerns. 

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Rare Find in a Rural Area
4:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Children's Museum Inspires Kids and Adults to Think Creatively

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The Northwoods is home to its very own children's museum, a place where the interactive exhibits are designed to stimulate children's creativity.  But as WXPR's Emily Bright reports, it takes the efforts and creativity of an entire community to keep it running.

Cindy Thompson gets down on her knees to explain the rules of the Northwoods Children’s Museum to my two-year old.

“Okay my friend, look here. See this red line, and the red light way up high? What does red mean?

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Decorating for Holiday Season
4:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Forty-Foot Oneida County Balsam Fir Heads to Capitol Rotunda

Kim and Dennis Shoeneck are donating more than a dozen trees to decorate the state capitol.
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The state capitol will celebrate the holidays this year with help from a 40-foot balsam fir from Pelican Lake in Oneida County. 

Dennis Shoeneck is owner of logging company Enterprise Forest Products.  He’s donating the large tree for the statehouse rotunda, along with more than a dozen smaller trees for outside the Capitol Square and Governor’s residence.

Shoeneck describes how Madison officials came to check out the trees earlier this spring, and notified him of their selections. 

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Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month
3:24 am
Tue November 4, 2014

November Is Key Month For Frederick Place

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November is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month. The Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing and Frederick Place, the homeless shelter in Rhinelander, are gearing up for campaigns to fulfill their mission of providing shelter for the homeless.

Frederick Place Executive Director Tammy Modic says the public can make a direct donation of a dollar at area businesses....

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Connecting to Rural Communities
1:05 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

UW-Madison Dean Wants Feedback on University's Role in Northwoods

A dean from the University of Wisconsin Madison will visit the Northwoods Wednesday, to find out how her college can build more partnerships in the Northwoods.

Kate VandenBosch is Dean of the College of Life and Agricultural Sciences at UW Madison.  She’s the speaker at this month’s informal discussion series Science on Tap.

VandenBosch says it’s part of the university’s mission to reach all parts of the state.  And she says there are several initiatives already at work in rural communities in the Northwoods that focus on natural resources. 

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A Generous Gift
4:57 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Wausau Boy Scouts Land Large Donation

Scouts gather at the National Boy Scouts Jamboree.
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The Samoset Council of the Boy Scouts of America based in the Wausau area got some great news Tuesday: a longtime friend of scouting and a man who spent time at Camp Tesomas in Rhinelander has donated a large sum to keep scouting growing.

Chicago resident Al Hanna contributed $3 million dollars to bring new scouts into the program.

WXPR's Ken Krall spoke with Samoset Council Executive Director Jeff Ottosen about the gift...

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Spreading the Word
5:07 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Mole Lake Holds Powwow to Get Out the Native Vote

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community is trying out a new way to boost voter turnout for Tuesday’s election. 

The tribe is holding a Native Vote Powwow Wednesday evening in Mole Lake.

Tribal Chairman Chris McGeshick says he hopes the cultural event will remind people of the importance of the Native American vote, both locally and on a statewide or national level. 

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