Arts & Life

History Afield
4:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Summer White House on the Brule

President Calvin Coolidge, accompanied by his guide, John LaRock, frequently fished for trout on the Brule River during the summer of 1928.
Credit Wisconsin Historical Society

The President of the United States endures a demanding schedule.  But it wasn’t always this way. In today’s History Afield writer Bob Willging tells the story of the summer of 1928 when President Calvin Coolidge moved the center of American politics to the quiet shores of northwest Wisconsin’s most famous of trout waters, the Brule River.

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Search is Set to Begin
4:40 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Arnold to Depart as WXPR Station Manager

Peg Arnold began work as WXPR's station manager in January 2012.

WXPR Public Radio will be looking for a new general manager.  Peg Arnold will be leaving the station September 3rd, after two and a half years as station manager.

She says she’s proud of some of the initiatives she’s helped start at WXPR. 

“The things that I’m excited about are the programs here at WXPR.  The new website through NPR digital services, the community features program, and Live from the White Pine.”

She also led the station’s move to a new building in downtown Rhinelander.

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Arts & Life
3:15 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Choo Choo Ch'Boogie- Railroad Blues with Dale Zimmerman

Credit Peter Firminger

Join WXPR Blues Friday Host, Dale Zimmerman, Friday, September 5th at 7 P.M. for a one hour feature on “Railroad Blues”.  Blues music belongs to the railroad; the swaying of the train, a lonesome whistle, the clickety-clack of the rails.  If you love blues, and if the visceral sounds of the old stream trains invigorate your imagination and soul, come on board the "Railroad Blues". Choo Choo Ch'Boogie! 

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Art and Sustainability
11:35 am
Mon August 18, 2014

In the U.P., Dreaming Up a Place for Artists

Artists prepare clay, dug from an onsite clay pit, for ceramics workshops.
Ann Sahlstrom

In the small town of Ewen in the Upper Peninsula, a wilderness art camp is well underway.  

It’s called the Visitors Center Artists Camp.  This week about fifteen artists are gathered for the camp’s first run.  They’ll be firing ceramics and pouring metal using simple and sustainable methods, and having an arts festival at the end of the week.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with two of the organizers behind the project to hear about how it began.  


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Lakeland campus Nicolet College
5:25 am
Mon August 18, 2014

New Technology Lets Students Feel Remote Classrooms


If all approvals are received, students at the Lakeland campus of Nicolet Area Technical College will be able to experience technology that brings a remote classroom to feel almost like they are there.
Proposed remodeling work at the Minocqua campus includes enhancement of Instructional TV rooms, or ITV. Nicolet Dean Chuck Komp describes to Ken Krall what the technology will do....

More discussion on the Lakeland Campus remodel is on the Nicolet College Board of Trustees meeting at 5:00 p.m. tonight(8/18) at the University Transfer Room.

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Symbol for Fire Prevention
11:26 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Smokey Bear Turns 70

Smokey Bear gets some help cutting his birthday cake with a pulaski, a firefighter's tool.
Credit Monie Shackleford / WXPR News

The iconic Smokey Bear is celebrating his 70th birthday this month.  As WXPR Contributor Monie Shackleford reports, on Saturday, the Ottawa National Forest marked the occasion with a well-attended party at the Ottawa’s Visitor Center outside of Watersmeet, Michigan. 

The party for Smokey included food, games for kids, historic Smokey promotional displays, fire trucks from area communities, and of course Smokey Bear.  After the crowd sang “Happy Birthday,” to Smokey, he cut the cake with a firefighter’s axe called a Pulaski.  

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Klett announces new ads
3:35 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Bo Ryan Zips For Fun In Tourism's Next Promotional Ad


Wisconsin's Tourism Secretary was watching Wisconsin's top basketball coach Thursday morning...

"....I'm watching Bo Ryan from my hotel room right now in Wisconsin Dells zip line. So coach Bo Ryan from UW-Madison men's basketball team the final four.... is starring in our next commercial spot...."
Stephanie Klett says Ryan was happy to accept the offer to be in the next tourism ads.

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Arts & Life
4:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Canceled- Live From the White Pine- Under the Willow - September 10

The Under the Willow White Pine Concert has been CANCELED for this evening. Unfortunately the band had to cancel their Northwoods tour. Our apologies. Please tune in this evening for three hours of great music with Jeremy Starz on Northwoods Cafe! 

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Nicolet College Foundation
11:22 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Large Land Donation To Aid Nicolet College Scholarships

A well-known Northwoods physician has given a donation to Nicolet College that a spokesperson says should benefit students for many years.

 Dr. Lee Swank of Rhinelander recently donated a five-acre, waterfront parcel of land to the Nicolet College Foundation which intends to sell the property with proceeds going to fund student scholarships.

Foundation President Heather Schallock says this type of donation provides an opportunity to help many students...

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Larger System in the Works
12:17 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Bike Trail Connects Watersmeet and Land O' Lakes

A variety of stakeholders collaborated to improve the Agonikak trail.
Credit Submitted photo

Cyclists can now travel easily between Land o Lakes, Wisconsin and Watersmeet, Michigan. 

The Agonikak Trail cuts through the Ottawa National Forest. 

The 12-mile stretch was originally built for snowmobiles but had been neglected over time. It’s now been upgraded to a compacted gravel surface

Alan Piel, Michigan Director of Wilderness Lakes Trails, says the trail’s location made it an appealing choice for restoration. 

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