Arts & Life

Arts & Life
6:39 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

LDF Renovates Boys Dormitory For Community And Cultural Use

Credit Natalie Jablonski

Lac du Flambeau held a dedication ceremony for a remodeled historic building today…that remains part of a tragic legacy of federally-run boarding schools.  The Boys Dormitory will now house historic and cultural preservation offices.

The Boys Dormitory building dates back to the boarding school era around the early 1900s, when the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs forced Native American children to go to schools far away from their families.  They weren’t allowed to speak their native language, maintain their cultural identity or even keep their given names.   

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Oranges and Yellows Revealed
5:02 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Warm Days, Cool Nights Spur Bright Fall Colors

Autumn colors are a result of deciduous trees' pulling sugar and chlorophyll out of leaves and into the root system.
Credit Pixabay

It’s turning into a beautiful fall in the Northwoods.  In much of the state, leaves on deciduous trees started to change color a little later than usual.  Bill McNee, DNR Forest Health Specialist in Sheboygan says that’s thanks to recent wet weather.

“We had a lot of soil moisture and the trees are less stressed.  Which means the trees aren’t in a hurry, as they would be in a year when there’s not enough moisture.”

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Honors deputy who died
4:41 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Nicolet College Foundation Hosts Run To Remember

A scholarship fundraiser Saturday remembers a Northwoods deputy who died while on duty.

Nicolet College Foundation is sponsoring the Run To Remember and Family Fun Day at the Rhinelander campus. The event honors Kory Dahlvig, a Rhinelander High School  and Nicolet College graduate who worked with the Lac du Flambeau and Eagle River Police Departments before joining the Vilas County Sheriff's Department in 2007. He was killed in a traffic crash in 2010 while responding to a mutual aid request from another department.

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Last chapter in state
4:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Camp Fire Celebrates 100 Years Here Saturday


The last remaining Camp Fire chapter in Wisconsin celebrates the organization's 100th Anniversary this Saturday at Camp Birchrock west of Rhinelander.

Camp Fire Board President Steve Sauer .....

"....our original charter date is January 20, 1914...."

Camp Fire was American's first nonsectarian and multicultural organization for girls, founded in 1910. In 1975 it became coeducational.

 Camp Birchrock was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps has 210 acres with frontage on three lakes. ...

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Humane Society Event
4:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Humans and Canines to Race in 5K Saturday

You might see an unusual number of people walking and running with their dogs in Minocqua this weekend. 

The Oneida County Humane Society hopes to rally support for cats and dogs in need of adoption…with a run-walk event.

And Vice President Maggie Hogan says the Jog for the Dogs 5K isn’t just for humans. 

“Runners are encouraged to run with their dogs…or walk.  But that’s obviously not necessary, if you don’t have a canine companion you can just come out and run or walk yourself.”

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Joint project
4:39 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Habitat For Humanity/Rhinelander SD Break Ground

(l-r) HFHN Director Bob Davis, RSD Superintendent Kelli Jacobi, Greg, Jennifer and Owen Bohn break ground on the Bohn's new home.
Credit WXPR

A family will be getting a new house next year as Habitat for Humanity Northwoods broke ground on it's 19th house Sunday(9/14) afternoon.

Greg and Jennifer Bohn and their two children will have a home on Rhinelander's west side. But this home has a twist. Routinely the homes are constructed by Habitat volunteers. But a collaboration with the Rhinelander School District means Building Trades students will build the house for  Habitat.

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Plans for New Arts Center
1:00 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Indian Bowl Set for Demolition

Lac du Flambeau is scheduled to start demolishing its historic Indian Bowl Monday.

The building dates back to the 1950s. As Lac du Flambeau tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms explains, for years it drew tourists with its traditional dance performances and cultural events.

“There’s a lot of history that goes with the Indian Bowl," he said.  "President Eisenhower was adopted into the band at the Indian Bowl in front of a large crowd…and it just has a real significance in the community.”

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Cultural Significance of Wild Rice
2:32 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Wild Rice Festival Celebrates Harvest

Wild rice harvesting in Minnesota - 1915.
Credit Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Lac du Flambeau is holding a festival celebrating wild rice…and the historic Indian Bowl.

The Wild Rice Festival is held every year during the rice harvesting season, which usually spans late August to early September. 

As Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms explains, wild rice has been an important part of Ojibwe culture since the tribes first migrated to the area.  A prophecy had foretold that the people should settle in a place where the food grows on the water.

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Arts & Life
10:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Live From the White Pine- Heather Styka- September 26

Heather Styka

Tune in to WXPR's Your Favorites Friday, September 26th, at 3 pm for a live broadcast performance with singer, songwriter and poet Heather Styka.

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Arts & Life
4:04 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Live From the White Pine- Dave Perron- September 20

Dave Parron

Tune in to WXPR's Country Legends Saturday, September 20, at 7pm for a live broadcast performance with singer Dave Perron.

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