Arts & Life

Studio Session
2:40 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Listen: Kaustinen Fiddlers Play Unique Finnish Style

Antti and Arto Jarvela.
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A pair of Finnish musicians are in town and stopped by the studio Wednesday. 

Arto and Antti Jarvela are from the western part of Finland called Kaustinen, which has a well-known fiddling tradition.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with the two cousins about their music.

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Eagle River Won't Own Library Property Soon
2:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Transfer of Eagle River Library Takes Big Step Forward

Ownership of the Eagle River Library property should soon be transferred to the Town of Lincoln. That means plans to expand the library are getting closer to reality. 

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96 Vets Head to DC
4:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Honor Flight Departs from CWA

Almost a hundred veterans are departing from Central Wisconsin Airport Monday on an Honor Flight.

As North Central Wisconsin Honor Flight Co-founder Jim Campbell says, the one-day trip to DC starts before dawn.

“Monday morning at 0-dark thirty, they head out to the airport.  Most of the veterans are there by 0500.  And we launch out around 7 o’clock in the morning.” 

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Polka Like No Other
6:14 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Finnish Fiddler Duo To Give Workshop, Concert

The music of western Finland is coming to Rhinelander next week. 

Arto and Antti Jarvela are a Finnish fiddle and guitar duo.  

They play in a Kaustinen or Ostrobothnian style from the western part of Finland on the Baltic Sea.  The Jarvela family has been musicians for generations and can trace that legacy back to the 1700s. 

Show organizer Mary Kinnunen says it’s a distinct style. 

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Annual Event Draws Crowds
5:46 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Cranberry Enthusiasts Flock to Eagle River

Cranberries will be everywhere this weekend in Eagle River.
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Visitors are pouring into Eagle River in time for Cranberry Fest. This weekend’s event is expected to draw 40,000 people to the area. 

Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Emerson says planning the huge event takes all year. 

“So when it’s over I start over on the next year.  And you’re getting all of the things lined up – the cranberries, the craisins, the marsh winery tours.  All of the different integral parts that help make the festival so special.”

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Thousands Drawn to Cranberry Fest
5:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Unlikely Pull of the Cranberry

Credit Andrew Leahy

  My town of Eagle River has a population of 1398. If our town’s population were a year, we’d still be in the Middle Ages. So it’s that much more amazing that every year 40,000 people show up on the first weekend of October for Cranberry Fest. 40,000 people drive across the state and beyond to engage in a frenzy over a little red berry that hardly anyone eats raw.

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Access to the Open Air
5:32 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Let's Go Fishing's Second Season Brings 300 On the Water

The Northwoods Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing says participation is growing…with more than 300 people taking boat rides this summer.

The nonprofit arranges free rides on a handicapped-accessible pontoon boat…for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. 

Chapter Vice President Mark Schroeder says the group organized almost forty outings on Rhinelander’s Boom Lake, though it had a goal of operating up to ten trips a week. 

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Arts & Life
12:46 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

A Special Live From the White Pine Concert with Garnet Rogers

Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Café  Thursday, November 13th at 7pm for a live broadcast performance with Canadian singer songwriter Garnet Rogers.

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Intersections Between Faith and Social Justice
10:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

St. Augustine's Hosts Interfaith Talk on Worker Rights

St. Augustine Church in Rhinelander is hoping to open up a conversation about workers’ rights in the Northwoods.

The church is hosting a speaker from the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of Southcentral Wisconsin, or ICWJ.

Becky Schigiel will be speaking about the intersection between faith and social justice.  She says it isn’t a new idea.

“All religions believe in justice.  And how can that play out in how we stand with, speak up for, advocate for, and treat the folks who serve us every day in our lives as part of their jobs?

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50th Anniversary
4:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Minocqua Set to Bring the Beef

Minocqua will be celebrating the end of the summer tourism season in a big way.  The town is expecting as many as 15-thousand people to flock to the downtown area for Beef-a-Rama.

The event is all about beef…and features a beef roast competition, beef sandwiches for all, and a Parade of Roasts.

“The Parade of Roasts starts around 2 o’clock.  Everybody lines up with their roasted rump roast and parades them down the main street.”

That’s Krystal Westfahl, executive director of the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce. 

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