Arts & Life

On Veterans Day
4:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The Ocean Epic of Walter Wendt

Walter Wendt is 95 years old and lives in McNaughton, Wisconsin.
Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

On Veterans Day, we remember the service of veterans from many wars.  

Walter Wendt served six and a half years in the Navy in World War II.  He was onboard the ship the Helena when it was hit by a torpedo during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with 95-year-old Wendt at his neighbor’s home in McNaughton, Wisconsin. 

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Multiple events around Northwoods
1:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Veterans Day Honors Those In Service

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It's Veterans Day, the day set aside to honor all who have served our country in the military.

A truce was declared on November 11, 1918 which halted World War I hostilities. The next year, President Wilson declared November 11 as "Armistice Day" to remember the Great War. After Congress officially recognized the day as a holiday in 1938, it was renamed "Veterans Day" in 1954 to bring in the veterans from World War II and Korea.

Vilas County Veterans Service Officer Michael Biszak says the sacrifices veterans endure should be remembered...

 

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Arts & Life
4:39 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Local Charity Says Holidays Are Time to Help Needy Families

Rhinelander Salvation Army is kicking off its holiday bell ringing.
Credit Sage Ross

November and December is a big time for shopping.  It’s also a critical time for people who need assistance. The Rhinelander Salvation Army is seeking bell-ringers to stand outside big stores and collect donations. 

WXPR’s Ken Krall sat down with coordinator Kim Swisher.

 Swisher says 86 cents out of every dollar goes to help needy families in Rhinelander.

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Arts & Life
3:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Soup For Shelter Set For November 9

Frederick Place homeless shelter Rhinelander
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A key fundraiser for the Northwoods homeless shelter happens this Saturday.

The annual "Soup For Shelter" supports the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing and the shelter, Frederick Place, in Rhinelander. The shelter is used by persons from Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Forest and Langlade counties.

Director Tammy Modic says the event nourishes everyone involved...

 

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Daylight Savings Time ends
11:19 am
Fri November 1, 2013

"Fall Back" Happens This Weekend

Turn your clocks back Saturday before bed.
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Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend.

Emergency Management Director Todd Pritchard says when you set your clock, it’s a good time to make sure you and your family are set for some of the safety things that we sometimes just forget about. One of them is checking smoke detectors. "Nearly 2,700 people die and 1,500 are injured because there is either a non-working smoke detector, and a vast majority of those are just (the ones with) no batteries in the smoke detector. Obviously, that’s a very preventable tragedy."

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Conflict Over Local Control
4:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

1930 Deer Revolt: When Oneida County Took On the State

We’re heading into November, and that means deer hunting will soon be in full swing. 

It’s a cultural phenomenon in the state, with deeply rooted traditions that go back 100 years or more. While there has been much change in Wisconsin deer hunting over time, controversy and disagreement have never been far away.

In the first of a series we’re calling History Afield, WXPR Contributor Bob Willging has the story of one of the oddest deer hunting political battles of the last century.

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Extra Police Out on Halloween
2:11 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Staying Safe on a Spooky Night

Police are reminding trick-or-treaters to stay safe on Halloween.
Credit Phil Whitehouse

Rhinelander police will have extra boots on the ground during Thursday night’s trick-or-treating.

Rhinelander Police Captain Ron Lueneburg says officers will be enforcing traffic safety while kids are out on the streets. 

“Just making sure that people are able to cross the street safely, and that no one is speeding through the residential areas and things like that.”

The extra patrols will be out between 4 and 7 pm Halloween night.  Lueneburg says the department hopes for another safe year of trick-or-treating. 

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Mix of Jazz, Blues and Swing
4:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Randy Sabien: "Not Quite Like the Beatles"

Randy Sabien's style is a combination of blues, jazz and swing.
Credit Randy Sabien

WXPR’s Fall Concert and Auction is coming up this weekend.  It features music by Randy Sabien, accompanied by cellist Ed Willet.  

  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski called up Sabien to find out a little more about his musical style and history.

More from our conversation with Randy Sabien: On the importance of teaching, and how he was influenced by Western Swing music.

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Geared for tech users
4:56 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Grant For Vilas County Silent Sports Trails

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A nearly $40,000 grant will help promote silent sports trails in Vilas county.

Tourism and Publicity Director Cindy Burzinski says the money will be used to give travelers a way to find the trails...

 

"....the entire project is going to be one cohesive map. And the map will have all the land and water-based trails, non-motorized, that Vilas county has to offer. And added to that we will be putting together an "app" for mobile devices. It will be using all the digital GPS data..."

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Winner in WXPR's Fall Drawing
1:41 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Paul Kage Scores The Kayak

Paul Kage, winner of the Dagger Zydeco Kayak in WXPR's Fall Drawing.
Peg Arnold

Paul Kage, avid kayaker and cyclist of Wausau, is the winner of the Dagger Zydeco Kayak offered in WXPR’s Fall Drawing. Our thanks to Mitch Mode of  Mel’s Trading Post for donating this enticing grand prize.    

Paul called in his pledge on late Blues Friday. He was cycling home from second-shift work thinking the show might end before he arrived home. So he stopped in a park and made the winning pledge from his cell phone.  

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