Arts & Life

Rising Cost of Food
11:33 am
Wed November 27, 2013

How Much Does Thanksgiving Cost?

The cost of a Thanksgiving meal has gone up about 70 cents in the past 13 years.
Credit USDA

Food prices have gone up in the last 13 years, but a Wisconsin farm group spokesperson says the Thanksgiving meal is affordable.

Amy Manske is a  Farm Bureau spokesperson. She talked with Ken Krall about how much it costs to provide a similar meal this Thanksgiving as compared to the year 2000.

Some critics have said food prices have risen as more corn is used to produce ethanol for transportation.

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Arts & Life
2:38 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

WXPR Fun Drive and Listener Open House- (Drawing Rules)

Join us for WXPR’s Holiday Fun-Drive and Open House on Thursday, December 5. Come when you can and help us celebrate the season. Meet on-air hosts, volunteers and staff, while you enjoy refreshments and tour our studios. All are welcome!

 

WXPR’s Pledge Drive Drawing
Official Rules and Regulations

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Environmental Education Trip
2:58 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Northwoods Native Paddles Down Mississippi

Eleven paddlers are nearing the end of their 70-day journey in New Orleans.
Credit Paddle Forward

A Northwoods native is expecting to finish a 70-day paddle of the Mississippi River Tuesday.  

Raised in Woodruff, Eric Immeler left northern Minnesota with 10 others in mid-September.  The group has been traveling the length of the Mississippi by canoe and is set to arrive in New Orleans Tuesday. 

Immeler says the purpose of the trip is to understand the role the Mississippi plays in people’s lives.               

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Clothing for the needy
1:35 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

More Than Mittens: Tourism Business Collect Warm Clothes

Credit en.wikipedia.org

What started as a contest between the states of Michigan and Wisconsin's Tourism Departments continues as an effort to help those without warm winter clothing.

"The Big Bundle Up" finds local Chambers of Commerce and other tourism organization beginning a collection.

Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed says this is the third year of the program. It all began with a public debate between the tourism department about 'which state looks more like a mitten, Wisconsin or Michigan?...."

 

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Arts & Life
4:59 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Click On Picture For Alzheimer's Program

The audio from the WXPR forum on Alzheimer's is available by scrolling over the picture in the White Pine Room.

Thanksgiving Day Preparations
1:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Don't Forget to Thaw the Turkey

Before cooking your turkey, food safety calls for proper thawing procedures.
Credit Rene Schwietzke

If you’re planning to cook a big turkey this Thanksgiving, you may need to start thawing it this weekend. 

Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney says the best way to thaw a frozen turkey is in the fridge, but you have to allow one day of thawing for every five pounds of turkey. 

“Therefore if you’re going to serve a large turkey approximately 20 pounds, plan at least four to five days in the refrigerator for thawing.” 

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Pets Without Homes
2:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Cats Crowd Humane Society

The Oneida County Humane Society is offering a discount for adopting cats like Tucker.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Oneida County Humane Society has too many cats.  It’s running a discount on adopting adult cats to try and get some of them into homes before the holidays. 

“We come in at about eight in the morning, give them their canned food treat…”

Director Bria Swartout leads me into the humane society’s cat community room, where about sixty cats of all colors and sizes share space.  About thirty more are down the hall, being checked in or getting medical care.  Swartout says the shelter has been over capacity since May.

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History Afield
4:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Sixty Years Ago, A Bloody Gun-Deer Season

The shooting and death of a state game warden shook up hunters during the 1942 deer hunt.
Credit Rhinelander Daily News, November 19, 1942

Wisconsin’s gun deer season is approaching.  It’s a time when many hunters across the state look forward to getting away from the pressures of work, spending time in the woods.  

But as WXPR’s Bob Willging relates in today’s History Afield essay, the 1942 murder of a conservation warden in Florence County had deer hunters in northeast Wisconsin anything but relaxed.

In the autumn of 1942, America was becoming deeply involved in World War II.

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Raise Hunger and Homeless Awareness
3:42 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Food Pantries, Homeless Shelter Get WPS Grants

Leah Van Zile(far right) and members of area food pantries and Frederick Place
Credit Wisconsin Public Service

As part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation has given money to local pantries and a shelter.

Leah VanZile from WPS says area food pantries and homeless shelter were granted...

 

"....the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation to three area food pantries, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, the Lakeland Area Food Pantry and the Vilas Food Pantry along with a thousand dollar donation to the homeless shelter, NATH, at Frederick Place..."

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Funds Approach $100K
5:40 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

New Trail In the Works Near Phelps, Conover

A biking and walking trail planned between Phelps and Conover is getting a financial boost.  Great Headwaters Trails has gotten 90-thousand dollars to begin work on a 5 mile section between Phelps and Conover.  Half of that is coming from the DNR.  It’s being matched by money from state snowmobiling funds and Great Headwaters Trails. 

But Great Headwaters Trails President Jeff Curry says trail construction is still not fully funded.

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