Geocaching is a growing phenomenon in the Northwoods and the rest of the world.
The hobby uses GPS technology to track down small treasures, often hidden in remote locations. Geocachers take pride in finding hundreds, even thousands of so-called “caches”…but what exactly motivates these searchers? Contributor Bill Wilkinson decided to find out more.
It’s almost the time of year for School of the Arts Rhinelander. That’s when the University of Wisconsin Madison Continuing Studies sets up a five-day art school for adults in a Rhinelander middle school.
Director Lynn Tarnoff says she and staff are getting ready to haul at least one van full of supplies from Madison.
“Actually make that two vans. And one of them’s been upgraded to a pick up truck with a car top carrier.”
The Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing has entered a contest which could help put a new roof on the Frederick Place homeless shelter and a possibly a new bathroom. A NATH spokesperson says the public's help is needed today.
NATH Board member Carol Miller says the organic products company "Tom's of Maine" is sponsoring an effort called "50 States of Good". Miller says the company give's $10,000 grants to non-profits....
Many communities marked the holiday Thursday with a Fourth of July parade. Rhinelander’s celebration drew a crowd of thousands. WXPR spoke with a few parade goers about what Fourth of July means to them.
Those crowds also meant a robust day for downtown businesses.
Rhinelander’s Brown Street was bursting with people during the Fourth of July parade. Flustered lemonade vendor Max Holperin says it’s the busiest day of the year. He's already sold hundreds of cups of lemonade.
Among the floats, clowns and marching bands at the Rhinelander Independence Day parade was one vintage car celebrating its 99th Fourth of July. The Ford Model T has been in the owner’s family throughout its long life.
George Scholz is adjusting the gas on his car’s old fashioned headlight before the parade. Though he’s been bringing his Model T to the Rhinelander parade for more than a decade, he’s been driving it for way longer.
The state Department of Tourism is lending a hand to a local event this summer.
The Joint Effort Marketing program has awarded more than two thousand dollars to the Phelps Phly in and Pholk Music Phestival.
Event organizer Bill Wilkinson is a contributor to WXPR News. He spoke with Sarah Klavas from the Department of Tourism. Klavas explains that grant readers are always looking for things that set a grant apart…and in this case it was the unusual spelling of the title of the Pholk Phestival…which does not use any “F”s:
A spokesperson for the American Red Cross is hoping this holiday week is a safe one for Northwoods residents.
Regional Disaster Services Director Lora Hainey says fireworks, grilling, beach safety and sun protection are key...
"...be careful with the fireworks. It's great if you could attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. If you are using fireworks with your family, a reminder not to give fireworks to small children. Always follow the instructions on the packaging. Always keep water close by as a precaution..."
Eagle River got a dose of Hollywood last week. State tourism officials hosted a screening of the movie Airplane. Jim Abrahams was in attendance.
The Vilas Theater gave out a hundred and fifty tickets for the Airplane screening, and turned others away. State tourism officials also highlighted a promotional video shot in Vilas County, and hinted that another was in the works. As Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett explains, it features Jim Abrahams and two other producers of Airplane.