State Department of Tourism officials have again called the "Big Bundle Up" campaign a success. The campaign gathers warm winter clothing at spots across Wisconsin. This is the fourth year of the collection statewide.
The collection point in Rhinelander is the Chamber of Commerce. They will be ending their collection on Friday.
At the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce, Visitor Center Coordinator Lauren Strand says they've had a good response...
Mother Nature has again put an end to the Eagle River Ice Castle.
The Ice Castle is constructed each year by the Eagle River Fire Department. They take 3000 blocks of ice from Silver Lake and construct the attraction in downtown Eagle River.
But Fire Chief Pat Weber says even with the recent cold weather, it doesn't look favorable to safely get the ice from Silver Lake. He says the weather has alternated between warm and cold but an inspection this week didn't result favorably...
Collections in the Antigo area by Salvation Army Bell Ringers during the holiday campaign have apparently set another fundraising record.
While some campaigns are still going on, Field Representative Tom Bremer says enough is known that some campaigns did well. He says it appears they will reach their goal of at least getting as much money in as last year. He says records were set...
".....they did set a new record down in Antigo at $85,000 for bell ringing which is real nice for them and will help the less fortunate. They're up almost $10,000 from last year..."
A number of Wisconsinites spent part of their Christmas watching the controversial film "The Interview."
It premiered on its originally-scheduled date at theaters in Beloit, Janesville, Platteville, Hartford, New London, Shawano, Sturgeon Bay, Sparta, Eagle River, and Ashland. Folks also got to watch it from home, as a separate Sony Web site sold and rented "The Interview" online. You-Tube Movies, Google Play, and Microsoft X-Box were among the sites where folks paid at least 5.99 each to rent the movie for up to 48 hours.
For the 29th year, the Rhinelander Lions Club will be hosting the "Christmas Not Alone" dinner. Event co-chair Harry Helwig says the idea is to provide a hearty meal and companionship for those who don't have friends and family to be with on Christmas...
"...and the Rhinelander Lions, along with volunteers from the community, our Lioness from different areas, Leo club, we'll be preparing and serving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day at the National Guard Armory in Rhinelander from 11:30 in the morning until 1:30 in the afternoon..."
It’s the holiday season and a time for giving. That spirit of giving has a big impact year-round on Frederick Place, the temporary housing shelter in Rhinelander that serves 5 counties in the Northwoods.
One day in November, the doorbell rang at Frederick Place. It was a 5 year-old boy, who’d come with his money to donate his $30 of birthday money to help the homeless. Heartwarming and unexpected gifts like these are starting to show up more often, says Executive Director Tammy Modic.
Today we debut a new series with food writer Susan Bronson. She keeps a blog called A Less Processed Life, and each month she’ll be sharing recipes and stories from her Northwoods Kitchen. In honor of the holidays, today Bronson shares one of her time-tested holiday traditions…that stars a 70-year-old kitchen appliance.
An opera singer is performing in the Northwoods Thursday.
Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek has a sold-out holiday performance at the Essenhaus in Wabeno. It’s part of a monthly program called Third Thursday Theater. For this week’s arts feature, WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about his musical background.
A leader at a local pet adoption facility says you should talk things through with someone before offering to gift a pet at Christmas.
Karen Norling is the Assistant Director of the Oneida County Human Society whose pet adoption center is in Rhinelander....
"...if you're considering giving a pet as a gift, you should make sure that everyone is actually looking for a pet they would like to keep. This time of year, after Christmas, a lot of animals are surrendered because because they were unwanted gifts...."