Arts & Life

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.
Credit U.S. Navy

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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Upgrade schools and church
3:42 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Ambitious Fundraising Goal For Rhinelander Catholics

A Northwoods Catholic community has set an ambitious goal to upgrade its school facilities and church.

Nativity Of Our Lord Catholic Community based in Rhinelander is conducting a capital fund drive that they hope brings in $3 million, with a minimum goal of $2 million.

Two churches are under the umbrella of the community, with North Stevens Street and East King Street locations. There are schools at each location.

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Visiting Artist
10:06 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Landscapes of Light and Dark: Swedish Watercolorist Bjorn Bernstrom

Swedish watercolorist Bjorn Bernstrom says he uses lots of pigment to create his landscape paintings.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The watercolor artist Bjorn Bernstrom is well-known in his native Sweden for his landscape paintings.  Yet his style is somewhat different from traditional watercolor methods.   

It’s October when the trees outside are bursting with color, and Bjorn Bernstrom is painting an early autumn scene of a road curving into bright trees. A circle of students watches with rapt attention as he creates the trees with short stabbing motions of his brush. 

“What’s the difference between the way you paint and traditional watercolor technique?" I ask him.

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Trails Could Link Up With Others
2:10 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Eagle River Considers ATVs Downtown

ATVs are sometimes controversial because of complaints about noise and safety, but others say they're a great tourism driver.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Eagle River is looking into a plan to allow ATVs on some downtown streets.

Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says a committee is figuring out a proposal that would detail specific routes.

“At this point no decisions have been made except coming up with a plan for it, and at that point people will have something to vote on.” 

The town of Lincoln is also looking into allowing ATVs on town roads.  

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Signage key
4:28 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Highway 55/32 Scenic Byway Process Moving Forward

Next we hear from Richard Ackley, a Forest County UW-Extension agent. Richard and several community members will be meeting next week as the next step in a process to have the WOLF RIVER-NICOLET SCENIC BYWAY Hwy 55/32  though Langlade and Forest Counties named as a Wisconsin Scenic Byway....

Richard Ackley discussing the proposed Scenic Byway in Langlade and Forest counties....

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Arts & Life
2:34 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

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Arts & Life
3:42 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Fall Drawing- Win a Trip to Branson, MO


During the last days of our Fall Drive, your pledge automatically enters you in a drawing for a “Trip for 2 to Branson Missouri” November 5-9.

Tour Includes:

·       Motorcoach with Tour Manager

·       4 Nights Lodging and Breakfasts

·       The Haygoods Show

·       Silver Dollar City

·       Clay Cooper Show

·       Red Hot and Blue Show

·       Titanic Museum

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Gays, lesbians and transsexuals welcome
2:10 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Rhinelander Church Adopts Open Door Policy


A Rhinelander congregation has opened its doors to all people, regardless of sexual orientation.

Parishioners at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on Larch street voted by a wide margin to become the first UCC church in the Northwoods to adopt this policy.

Reverend Doctor Christopher Hucker is Senior Pastor the church. He says they became an "open and affirming" church within the United Church Christ...

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