Arts & Life

Forest County
4:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

RC Racecars: Vehicles to Learning, Community

Cars ready at the starting line at the RC Havok Raceway.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new program in Forest County is kicking up dust at the racetrack.  Forest County UW Extension is hoping to prevent juvenile delinquency by teaching kids to build remote control, or “RC," race cars.  

If you’ve never seen remote control car racing before…there’s a good chance you’re not prepared for how wild it is.

At the RC Havok Raceway in Crandon, a group of kids are test driving remote control trucks.  The miniature trucks leap off the starting line and start zooming around indoor dirt track.  You can hear them crashing into each other and flipping over. 

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McNaughton Trail
3:57 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Helping Homeless Pets Fundraiser Sunday

Sleepy felines
Credit Flickr

You can burn some shoe leather to help homeless pets in the area.


The Oneida County Humane Society is hosting the "Hike For Homeless Pets" this weekend.


Spokesperson Sue Otis says the fundraiser helps keep the Rhinelander shelter in business...


 


"...funds will be used for our adoption center. That's basically for our operations and the needs of the animals and to take care of them and basically to run the building. Any maintenance...just to keep the center going..."


 

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Fine Arts
2:29 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

ArtStart Exhibit Brings the Outdoors In

"The Art of Hunting and Fishing" features a birch bark canoe crafted by a Wisconsin artist.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

ArtStart kicks off a new summer exhibit today in Rhinelander.  It’s the first show to go up in the gallery after a series of renovations. 

The work on display in the "Art of Hunting and Fishing" ranges from woodcuts and drawings of duck hunters, to a collection of antique decoys and a birchbark canoe.  ArtStart Board President Ken Juon says he hopes the outdoorsy topic will appeal even to those who might not typically find themselves in a gallery.

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Open Mic
4:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Open Mic To Feature Northwoods Stories, Songs

The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department, Lumberjack RC&D and UW-Extension are inviting people with a need to talk about the Northwoods to an open microphone this Thursday evening in Three Lakes.

County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says the new event is called "Northwoods Expressions."

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Museums
4:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Museum Raising Funds for Train Restoration

The Rhinelander Logging Museum hopes to raise money to protect an historic train.
Credit Erin DeYoung

A fund drive is underway to repair and preserve the train at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander. The Logging Museum complex includes the historic train and boxcars as a reminder of the Northwoods Logging era.

Mayor Dick Johns and others are hoping citizens step forward to contribute to the restoration of the train and to build a roof over the top to help preserve the attraction.

Mayor Johns says the wooden cars and the train need immediate attention.

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A Hiker's Journey
5:06 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Once-Glacial Trail Makes For Good Hiking

Toby Clark has been out hiking the Ice Age Trail for more than two months.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

You may be planning to get outdoors this weekend, but you probably won’t be outside as much as Toby Clark.  

He’s been hiking the ice age trail since April, and still has more than 400 miles left to go.  But he seems undaunted.

“Around mid-April the weather started to break and I started to get into more actual trail.  Instead of road-walking.  And it’s been great since then.  My body’s getting in shape and I’ve been meeting some wonderful people, and seeing some beautiful Wisconsin landscape.”

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Father's Day Special
9:19 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Bald Eagle Models Foster Parenting

Foster dad Amp looks after four younger eagles.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This Father’s Day weekend, we take a look at a story of model parenting from an unlikely place: the world of birds.  We meet a bald eagle who’s done a remarkable job as a foster father to over a hundred and fifty orphaned chicks.

They call him Amp. 

“People are always surprised when I say we have a foster dad eagle.  And they’re like, “well where’s the mom?” Well, it would be great if we had a mom…but we don’t have a non-releasable mom .  And he does such a great job.”

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Extras needed at Pioneer Park
2:25 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Documentary On Rhinelander's Hodag To Be Filmed Saturday

Hodag at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce
Credit travelbestbets.com

Area residents are invited Saturday morning to Pioneer Park in Rhinelander as a Canadian documentary crew comes to do a program on the Hodag.


Gene Shepard's mythical beast of the woods is part of a 13-segment series says Jerry Shidell, former Rhinelander mayor, current county board member and actor who has portrayed Shepard...



"....Saturday morning(6/15) at 11:00 a.m., they would like a crowd to show up at the Logging Museum in Pioneer Park where they're going to film Gene Shepard's showing of the Hodag

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County Fair
3:33 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Oneida Co. Fair Seeking Your Finest Work

Oneida County residents have a chance to put the spotlight on projects they’ve been working on this year, at the county fair. 

Oneida County UW Extension is asking people to submit projects to be displayed and judged at the county fair.  There are youth and senior divisions, as well as one that’s open to everyone.  4H Youth Development Agent Lynn Feldman is hoping people will take advantage of the chance to show their work to others. 

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Northwoods Splendor
4:22 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Splendor in the Spring Grass

Nesting Sandhill Crane
Mitch Mode

Today's takes on Northwoods Splendor in the spring grass come from Mitch Mode.

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