Arts & Life

Gift certificates
4:33 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Consider Impacts Of Giving A Pet As A Gift

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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...."

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Hosted classical programs
10:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

WXPR Classical Host Harry Marshall Dies

Harry Marshall
Credit Nimsgern Funeral Home/Marshall family

WXPR classical music host Harry Marshall, 69, died Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, Wi.

Harry hosted WXPR's "Midday Classics" and "Classics By Request" beginning in 2013.

Harry was a resident of Woodcock Lake in Lake Tomahawk, and a member of St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church in Minocqua.  He also volunteered at St. Matthias’ Thrift Shop.

Harry was a much-loved member of the WXPR volunteers. His love of classical music and opera was deeply respected.

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Providing Emergency Help
5:41 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Minocqua's Caritas Helps Fill Gaps For Those In Need

Caritas is located at 300 Arbor Vitae Street, next to St. Matthias Church in Minocqua. Hours are Tues and Thurs 9:30 – 11 a.m. and the last Saturday of each month, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Credit Emily Bright / WXPR News

There are a number of agencies in the Northwoods that help people in need, but when you’re faced with a crisis, it can be difficult to figure out where to go. Who do you call, and how do you pay for gas to get there? One Minocqua organization aims to address that challenge.

Caritas is a one-stop shop for people in Vilas and Oneida Counties in temporary urgent need of help. Run by volunteers and donations, it’s given out more than $23,000 of emergency help to over 250 people since it opened just over a year ago. Sometimes, says volunteer Laurie Glowac,

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Weekend format
5:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

SOA at Rhinelander To Change Format In 2015

SOA Director Lynn Tarnoff
Credit UW-Madison Continuing Studies

A change in format for School of the Arts at Rhinelander. Director Lynn Tarnoff announced the 2015 program will run Friday through Sunday July 17 through the 19 only. Previously the program had run a week.

Tarnoff says a key reason is what appears to be a changing lifestyle of participants, geared more toward a weekend format...

"....we looked at the change in our attendee and with the success of adding the weekend option only we have some growing interest for a weekend program versus a five day..."

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Distance learning
4:29 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Nicolet College To Debut "telepresence"


Imagine being able to interact with students in classrooms far away from where you are, yet still have the feeling you are in the room with them.

That's what a new program through Nicolet College will do when it begins next month.

It's a new type of distance learning technology called "telepresence". Dean of Business and Instructional Effectiveness, Chuck Komp,  says the experience is 'amazing', but the real benefit is cutting down on travel time and costs for students. Here's how it works...

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Arts & Life
10:37 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Live Music Today- 5 Days of WXPR Christmas!

Tune in to hear live Polka music with The Jim Pekol Band and Bluegrass with the Quilllpickers. Pledge now to support live music. When you pledge you'll be entered into our Five Days of WXPR Christmas Drawing. Saturday 12 people will win pasties from Joe's Pasty Shop in Rhinelander. 

5 days of WXPR Christmas drawing information. 

Arts & Life
3:25 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Sing Along with David Dall

WXPR recently made stop at the Old School Arts and Learning Center in Rhinelander to record a Christmas Sing Along with local performer David Dall.

Dall is a professional performer and early childhood educator. He has produced several CD's including Music is a Friend of Mine, Box Under the Bed, and Still Playin'.  His most recent is a Christmas CD entitled Hometown Holiday.

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Arts & Life
6:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Choir Members Find Community in Northwoods Singers

The Northwoods Singers at Grace Covenant in 2013.
Credit Submitted photo

If you love to sing with others, where do you go? Church choir perhaps? What if you want to sing more challenging music, or nonreligious music? For some people living throughout the Northwoods of Wisconsin and the U.P., the answer is the Northwoods Singers.

It’s a snowy evening, and about 40 choir members ranging in age from their 40s to 80s are waming up in the Congregational church in Eagle River for their last regular rehearsal of the season. Northwoods Singers co-founder Norma Yaeger said it’s quite a commitment for some of the members to make the drive.

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Luke Somers Spent Time in Northwoods
5:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Three Lakes Educator Remembers Journalist Killed In Yemen

Last weekend a  raid by U.S. forces in Yemen tried to free American hostage Luke Somers who had been held hostage by Al-Qaeda since September of 2013. Somers and a South African were killed by their captors. Somers was in Yemen to capture the aftermath of the uprising in Yemen.

A Three Lakes man has vivid memories of Luke Somers. Six years ago, Somers spent six months at Teaching Drum School in Three Lakes. Director Tamarack Song talked to WXPR's Ken Krall about Somers' time in the Northwoods.

Thomas Siebold went missing in Alaska last year. He has not been found.

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Arts & Life
10:58 am
Tue December 9, 2014

5 Days of WXPR Christmas- a Drawing Each Day!

  On the first day of WXPR Christmas my radio friends gave to me...

Pledge your support to WXPR during our "5 Days of WXPR Christmas"  (December 9th through the 13th).  Each day you pledge, you'll be entered into a new drawing. We will have something fun each day.

Plus, tune in Saturday to hear live Polka and Bluegrass!

Support WXPR 

Happy Holidays! 

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