Arts & Life

Carver Says Nature is True Craftsman
4:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

The Language of Trees: Craftsman Ken Schels

Ken Schels' imaginative creations are on display at his Eagle River workshop.
Credit Emily Bright / WXPR News


"When I grab my saw, I'm ready to carve," says Ken Schels.  "I'm hungry.  I wanna make some sawdust. I look forward to it."

Schels may not look like a poet when he’s hauling trees to his sawmill or wielding his chainsaw at a carving competition, but he thinks deeply about trees. Dressed in a plaid flannel and cap, Ken shows me around his Eagle River workshop, stopping at an 11 foot conference table he cut from a single tree from Conover. Trees, Ken says, will tell you a story.

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New Perspectives Up North
3:01 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Next Read: Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

Credit Submitted photo

I'm excited to be starting our book group with such a wonderful book.  Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall. 

Don't let the title fool you! Gardening is not a requirement for enjoying this book!

This book is about an unlikely friendship between Carol Wall and Giles Owita. Carol compares her neglected unruly garden with her life. She believes her neighbours gardener might be what her yard needs to be renewed and to flourish. 

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Fishing to Turkey Bowling
10:26 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Boulder Junction Readies For 'Frozen Tozen' Festival

Boulder Junction is celebrating winter this weekend with its Frozen Tozen festival.

As Chamber Director Theresa Smith explains, it starts with an ice fishing tournament on Allequash Lake. 

There are prizes for the largest fish as well as the largest total number of inches. 

“Any fish that they catch, whether it’s a panfish or whether it’s a northern, or a bass, whatever they catch would be recorded and all of those accumulated inches will be totaled at the end of the day for the awards.”

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Arts & Life
3:22 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Blues Friday Host, Dale Zimmerman, Presents "New Orleans" Friday, February 20

Credit Peg Arnold


This festival season Blues Friday host, Dale Zimmerman, celebrates the great musical heritage of New Orleans.  Learn how the beat of the street—from 100 year old jazz-funeral brass marching bands to Mardi Gras Indian parades—remains closely tied to the rhythms of everyday life in the Crescent City. Tune in February 20th, 7-8 pm, on Blues Friday. 

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Arts & Life
4:00 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

WXPR Valentine Messages

Valentine’s Day Sponsors

Happy Valentine's Day! 

·       Happy Birthday to Hoover. I’m wild for you.”  A listener from Summit Lake.

·       Barb, we miss you! Love, Tom, the children and grandchildren.

·       Sending love to the volunteers and friends of the Mercer Public Library, and to public library supporters everywhere.

·       To all our WXPR program hosts- thanks for your love of music.

·       Thank you for 69 wonderful years!

·       For Diane and John “From my heart to yours”.

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Arts & Life
2:33 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Listen- Live From the White Pine with Ellis Paul

The voice, guitar magic and stories of Ellis Paul filled WXPR's White Pine Room Thursday night. Colleen Finn of Northwoods Cafe hosted this Live from the White Pine on-air broadcast.

Our thanks to Ellis Paul for a wonderful evening! 

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Perseverence and Patience On Barker's Island
6:38 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Roger And The Monolith: Photographs Of Engineered Ice

Roger Hanson surveys his ice sculpture, which he's rebuilt after a collapse last week.
Matthew Rethaber

Roger Hanson, a self-taught engineer and software developer, has been putting his knowledge to use building a magnificent ice sculpture for the city of Superior; but warm weather brought it tumbling down.

Now Hanson is rebuilding his creation.  

Discussion Opportunities for Participants
4:52 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Online Climate Course Draws Library Participation

Northwoods residents have a chance to learn more about the region’s weather patterns…thanks to an online course offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison.

It’s called a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, and it’s free and open to anyone.  This month-long class focuses on Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region.

As UW Madison professor of Atmospheric Sciences Steve Ackerman explains, it will examine long term trends throughout the four seasons.

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Regionals In Wausau
2:36 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

RHS Mock Trial Team Begins Quest For 18th State Title

A Mock Trial closing

Rhinelander High School's Mock Trial team begins its quest for an 18th state title this weekend in regional competition in Wausau.

Mock Trial is a competition where two squads argue the sides of an agreed upon question. The competition is similar to actual courtroom give and take and one team wins the round.

Rhinelander will be represented by two teams. Besides 17 state titles, the team also has won 28 consecutive regional titles.

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Feinstein Challenge, CANtastik
3:26 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Rhinelander Food Pantry Gearing Up For Challenge


The public again is being invited to help the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry get it's part of a $1 million challenge grant from the Feinstein Foundation.

This is the 18th year Alan Feinstein has offered the money to U.S. food pantries.

Rhinelander Executive Director Guy Hansen says how successful the local pantry is will determine how much they receive...

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