An outboard motor hung on the back of a well used fishing boat is an iconic symbol of summer in the Northwoods. For years in the Northcentral Wisconsin lakes country of Oneida and Vilas counties, if someone had an outboard motor in need of repair, there was no question of where to take it - Duke’s Outboards. Dukes was a Northwoods institution for more than 60 years.
Brian Benson grew up in the Northwoods and has written a memoir about a bike trip he took from Wisconsin to Portland Oregon. Now he’s touring with his book around the Midwest…also by bike.
In his book Benson describes how after college, unable to decide on the one thing he wanted to do with his life, he took a backpacking trip through Central America. As he tells WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski, in Guatemala he fell for a woman named Rachel…who led him down the cycling path.
Miners Memorial Heritage Park in Ironwood, Michigan, unveiled a new art exhibit last weekend. As WXPR Contributor Monie Shackleford reports, artists unveiled twelve temporary outdoor pieces along a one-mile trail called the Aurora Loop.
The one mile loop winds through forests and meadows, and many of the art pieces have a natural theme and use natural materials. When Amy Anderson heard about the plans for Art in the Park, she had an immediate idea of what she would create.