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1:56 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

WXPR Public Radio Seeks Board Candidates

WXPR is seeking applications from candidates for its Board of Directors. Directors are elected for three-year terms. Applications are due by February 14, 2014. The election will be held at WXPR’s Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 22nd  at 7:00pm. The public is invited to attend.

Interested persons may obtain an application by calling WXPR at 715-362-6000 or emailing jessie@wxpr.org

WXPR Board of Directors

A Different Way to Be Outside
10:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Crossing a Snowy Landscape, by Candlelight

Organizers say a one-mile trail lined with candles can make for a magical outdoor experience.
Credit Helena Jacoba

Winter brings a special evening opportunity for snow enthusiasts: skiing and snowshoeing by candlelight.

The events are common across the state of Wisconsin, some organized by the DNR and others by independent groups.

MECCA, the Mercer Cross Country Association will host one such event this Saturday night, with hundreds of candles set along a mile-long loop. 

Spokesman Dan Bormann says it’s a lot of work to set up but it’s worth it. 

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More People Reading in 2013
3:54 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

E-Books On the Rise, But So Are Paper Ones

E-books are on the rise, but may not be replacing print formats.
Credit Johan Larsson

Old-fashioned books are holding their own in a world of e-readers, according to a new online survey. 

The Pew Research Center reports that in 2013, a bigger percentage of American adults read e-books.  But there also appears to be more people reading more print books.   That could indicate people aren’t necessarily giving up one for the other. 

Rhinelander Library Director Ed Hughes says the findings are surprising.

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Historical Connections to Present
4:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

ACLU Speaker to Highlight Voting Rights

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  A representative from the Wisconsin Chapter of the ACLU is here in the Northwoods.  Youth and Program Director Emilio De Torre is speaking tonight at the Woodruff Community Center.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to him about how the voting rights struggle of the 1960s plays out today. 

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Faster Than Ever
4:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Not Your Parents' Sled: Vintage Racing in the 21st Century

Vintage snowmobiles come in all stripes.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This weekend is the snowmobile World Championship, expected to draw tens of thousands.  But last weekend was the World Championship for vintage racing.  

Vintage cars, vintage records…but vintage snowmobiles?  That I had not heard of before moving to the Northwoods. I was curious about what draws people to the sport, so I headed to the offices of the Eagle River derby track for the weekend of the vintage racing championship. 

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The Mill Retrospective
5:07 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Paper on Display: Exhibit at Nicolet

A gallery exhibition at Nicolet College closes Friday. It features paper and book arts made by people involved with the Mill, an arts nonprofit based in Rhinelander. 

Executive Director Daniel Goscha says the show is a kind of retrospective of the nonprofit’s first year. 

“It is a very diverse show.  There’s examples of book arts, of printmaking, of letterpress and cyanotype.  So it really is a broad show in terms of featuring paper making and book arts and all of the many facets that can take.” 

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Week in the Woods
4:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Studying Science, For Art

To take water samples of the lake below, students had to first drill through the ice.
Michelle Sharp

A group of art students traveled to the Northwoods last week...for a dose of science.  Students at the Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design spent a week at the Kemp Station Natural Resources Station near Woodruff. 

It may surprise some people to find art students also interested in science, but to Maddy Dall, it’s totally natural.

“I’ve always really been interested in paleontology especially – so like dinosaurs.  I always told myself if I could draw dinosaurs I’d be a happy person – so scientific illustration really appealed to me.”

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"Big Bundle Up" concludes
3:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Wis.-Mich. Mitten Battle Helps The Needy Again

The "mittens" from space
Credit en.wikipedia.org

More than 11,000 items were donated during the Department of Tourism's recent "Big Bundle Up" campaign. including items from the Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Minocqua and St. Germain Chambers of Commerce.

Tourism spokesperson Danielle Johnson says the campaign came about after a Wisconsin Tourism promotion made the state look like a mitten. Michigan's Tourism Department was annoyed, saying Michigan looks more like a mitten than Wisconsin. Both states agreed to resolve the dispute by gathering warm clothes for the needy.

Johnson says this year's effort was a success...

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March 12 in Madison
4:35 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Wisconsin Arts and Economic Development

Credit artswisconsin.org

Artists from all over Wisconsin will gather in March to remind legislators that Wisconsin has a thriving arts community.

Arts Day 2014 is set for March 12 at the new central library in Madison.

Anne Katz is Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin. She says it's the only big arts conference in Wisconsin.....

 

"....we have people coming from around the state to meet with their legislators. That's the main part of the day. The point is for the people to come to the capitol and tell their stories...

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Arts & Life
5:55 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Vintage Racers Hit the Track

Vintage snowmobiles race in the qualifying rounds at the Eagle River Derby Track.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Vintage snowmobile racers compete this weekend in Eagle River in the world championship.  

The world championship may be a week away…but spectators at the vintage race are all about the here and now.  The qualifying rounds for the vintage championship are filled with sleds from the 70s and 80s…or older.  They’re smaller and more antique looking than today’s ultrafast monsters.  And though next weekend’s races will draw a bigger crowd, more people enter the vintage categories.  Elmer Jensen is a longtime volunteer at the derby. 

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