Arts & Life

Art and Sustainability
11:35 am
Mon August 18, 2014

In the U.P., Dreaming Up a Place for Artists

Artists prepare clay, dug from an onsite clay pit, for ceramics workshops.
Ann Sahlstrom

In the small town of Ewen in the Upper Peninsula, a wilderness art camp is well underway.  

It’s called the Visitors Center Artists Camp.  This week about fifteen artists are gathered for the camp’s first run.  They’ll be firing ceramics and pouring metal using simple and sustainable methods, and having an arts festival at the end of the week.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with two of the organizers behind the project to hear about how it began.  

  

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Lakeland campus Nicolet College
5:25 am
Mon August 18, 2014

New Technology Lets Students Feel Remote Classrooms

Credit Cracksinthestreet-en.wikipedia.com

If all approvals are received, students at the Lakeland campus of Nicolet Area Technical College will be able to experience technology that brings a remote classroom to feel almost like they are there.
Proposed remodeling work at the Minocqua campus includes enhancement of Instructional TV rooms, or ITV. Nicolet Dean Chuck Komp describes to Ken Krall what the technology will do....

More discussion on the Lakeland Campus remodel is on the Nicolet College Board of Trustees meeting at 5:00 p.m. tonight(8/18) at the University Transfer Room.

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Symbol for Fire Prevention
11:26 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Smokey Bear Turns 70

Smokey Bear gets some help cutting his birthday cake with a pulaski, a firefighter's tool.
Credit Monie Shackleford / WXPR News

The iconic Smokey Bear is celebrating his 70th birthday this month.  As WXPR Contributor Monie Shackleford reports, on Saturday, the Ottawa National Forest marked the occasion with a well-attended party at the Ottawa’s Visitor Center outside of Watersmeet, Michigan. 

The party for Smokey included food, games for kids, historic Smokey promotional displays, fire trucks from area communities, and of course Smokey Bear.  After the crowd sang “Happy Birthday,” to Smokey, he cut the cake with a firefighter’s axe called a Pulaski.  

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Klett announces new ads
3:35 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Bo Ryan Zips For Fun In Tourism's Next Promotional Ad

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin's Tourism Secretary was watching Wisconsin's top basketball coach Thursday morning...

"....I'm watching Bo Ryan from my hotel room right now in Wisconsin Dells zip line. So coach Bo Ryan from UW-Madison men's basketball team the final four.... is starring in our next commercial spot...."
Stephanie Klett says Ryan was happy to accept the offer to be in the next tourism ads.

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Arts & Life
4:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Canceled- Live From the White Pine- Under the Willow - September 10

The Under the Willow White Pine Concert has been CANCELED for this evening. Unfortunately the band had to cancel their Northwoods tour. Our apologies. Please tune in this evening for three hours of great music with Jeremy Starz on Northwoods Cafe! 

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Nicolet College Foundation
11:22 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Large Land Donation To Aid Nicolet College Scholarships

A well-known Northwoods physician has given a donation to Nicolet College that a spokesperson says should benefit students for many years.

 Dr. Lee Swank of Rhinelander recently donated a five-acre, waterfront parcel of land to the Nicolet College Foundation which intends to sell the property with proceeds going to fund student scholarships.

Foundation President Heather Schallock says this type of donation provides an opportunity to help many students...

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Larger System in the Works
12:17 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Bike Trail Connects Watersmeet and Land O' Lakes

A variety of stakeholders collaborated to improve the Agonikak trail.
Credit Submitted photo

Cyclists can now travel easily between Land o Lakes, Wisconsin and Watersmeet, Michigan. 

The Agonikak Trail cuts through the Ottawa National Forest. 

The 12-mile stretch was originally built for snowmobiles but had been neglected over time. It’s now been upgraded to a compacted gravel surface

Alan Piel, Michigan Director of Wilderness Lakes Trails, says the trail’s location made it an appealing choice for restoration. 

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Arts & Life
11:10 am
Tue August 5, 2014

WXPR Auction and Concert- November, 9th

Mike Mangione

WXPR’s Annual Fall Concert and Auction will be held Sunday, November 9th atHoliday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.

Items from area merchants and galleries will be on display starting at 2:00 pm. At 3:00 pm the live auction and music with Mike Mangione begins.

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Arts & Life
11:03 am
Tue August 5, 2014

WXPR Concert Series 2014/2015

WXPR Concert Series at Nicolet College

The annual WXPR Concert Series continues to be a favorite event and with good reason - stacked with amazing talent, every concert is a must-see! Hot up-and-comers, current stars, absolute legends - the artists that take the Nicolet College LRC Theatre stage are some of the finest in the world and deliver performances packed with diverse musical styles and sounds! 

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Major Undertaking
6:18 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Oneida County Fair Set to Begin

The Oneida County fair starts Thursday.

Lynn Feldman, 4H Coordinator for Oneida County UW Extension, says preparation begins far in advance. Organizers spend the winter months updating the fair book, which guides entries for the fair.  Preparation culminates in the week leading up to the fair. 

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