Arts & Life

An Experimental Approach
4:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Kovac's Universal Dream

A gravel lane leads to the Kovac Planetarium in Monaco, Wisconsin.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

If you’ve ever felt the urge to do something other than what’s expected of you, this story is for you.  Frank Kovac worked a factory job by day, but nurtured a passion for astronomy at night.  This is the story of a cloudy night, some glow in the dark paint, and a universal dream.

Driving down Mud Creek Road in Monaco Wisconsin, you might think you’re headed to a campground.  But in fact the gravel lane leads to Frank Kovac’s hand-made planetarium.

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40,000 people expected
9:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Volunteers Needed For CranberryFest

The cranberry harvest
Credit netstate.com

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many Northwoods events and Eagle River's main fall event needs some people to step forward.

The 34th Annual CranberryFest is set for the weekend of October 5 and 6 at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River.

Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Kim Emerson says preparations are moving forward, but they need a few more hands...

 

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Weinermobile to lead parade
5:30 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Beef-A-Rama Comes To Minocqua For 49th Year

The Weinermobile To Lead Beef-A-Rama's "Parade of Beef"
Credit rrstar.com

More than 15 thousand people will gather in Minocqua next weekend to pay tribute to.... the beef roast.


For the 49th time, Minocqua merchants say thank you to customers and travelers with "Beef-A-Rama". Initially held in the spring to lure those going fishing, the event moved to the fall and features beef, a parade, crafts, music and demonstrations.


Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Baltus says the event is a favorite...


 

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Second big Northwoods prize in a week
9:24 am
Fri September 20, 2013

SuperCash! Winner In Vilas County

Credit clipsahoy.com

Someone from the Northwoods will have some extra money soon.


The Wisconsin Lottery reports a ticket sold at Dietz Service on county "W" in Manitowish Waters matched all six winning number in the Thursday, September 19 SuperCash! drawing to claim the $350,000 dollar prize.


Winners have 180 days to claim the prize.


SuperCash! is a daily lotto game played only in Wisconsin. The odds of winning SuperCash!'s top prize are about 1 in 1.6 million.

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Fall in Phelps
6:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Scarecrows Descend on Phelps Festival

The Scarecrow Fest featured dozens of scarecrow creations from local groups.
Credit Jessica Samuelson / WXPR News

The town of Phelps hosted its annual Scarecrow Fest over the weekend.  

In addition to a pumpkin tossing and hayrides, the event featured dozens of scarecrows, each with its own personality.  WXPR contributor Jessica Samuelson brings us some sounds of the festival.

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Art From An Age Gone By
6:04 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Botanical Photogravures Hang in New Glass-Walled Gallery

New work is up at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander.  It’s the first show since the gallery has built a glass wall for the front gallery.   That newly finished room now features black-and white images from German photographer Karl Blossfeldt.  President of the Board of Directors Ken Juon says Blossfeldt invented his own camera in order to take close-up pictures of natural forms. 

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Parade Friday evening
1:43 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

As Riders Arrive, MDA A Focus Of Fall Ride In Tomahawk

Credit rumblinpride.com

The annual Fall Ride is underway in Tomahawk, an effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association led by one of it's top contributors, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, with a plant in Tomahawk.


40,000 visitors are expected and the sound of motorcycles across the Northwoods will be heard most of the weekend.


Director Tamra Anderson from the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce says while all the visitors bring a surge to the local businesses, there is a reason for the ride...


 

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The DOT's "REF" At Fall Ride
12:22 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Thousands Of Motorcycles, One Simulator

Tomahawk Fall Ride
Credit traveltomahawk.com

The Ref has arrived in the Northwoods...and we're not talking about a football game.


The Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility...THE REF...is operated by the state DOT's Motorcycle Safety Program.


With the Fall Ride in Tomahawk expecting to attract 40,000 people this weekend, many on motorcycles, DOT officials bring the motorcycle simulator and trainer to give people a perspective on motorcycles and safety.


Spokesperson Peggy Drinsinger says the idea is to cut down on accidents with more education...


 

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International travel a focus
2:55 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Mole Lake To Host 2015 Native American Tourism Conference

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community in Forest county has been selected to host an event in 2015 that continues to highlight the growing interest in Native American tourism.


The Native American Tourism of Wisconsin conference travels each year to another of the 11 state tribal sites.


NATOW vice-chairwoman and Mole Lake Lodge and Conference Center Manager Carmen McGeshick says the gathering each year is designed to raise tourism awareness. The consortium recently took a step forward with the hiring of a new director...


 

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New Exhibition Opens This Week
4:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Photography and Antiques at Nicolet

Photos in the new exhibit at the Nicolet College Gallery range in subject from heirloom tomatoes to adobe structures.
Credit Karen Isebrands Brown

A new show is set to open at the Nicolet College Gallery.  

It features photography by Karen Isebrands Brown, plus antique domestic artifacts.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Isebrands Brown to talk about the show.

That opening is from 5-7 Thursday, September 12th.

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