Arts & Life

Building Ownership Paves Way for Permanent Changes
4:30 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

LOLA Plans Renovations to Classroom, New Building

Land O'Lakes Area Artisans says its classes drew 500 people last year.

An arts organization in Land O’Lakes is planning some renovations.

After purchasing the building it’s been housed in, Land O Lakes Area Artisans or LOLA is revamping its classroom space, called the Sandra Hardy Brown Classroom.

Spokesperson Beth Brown Anderson explains that classroom was formerly a coffee shop, so their first project is to renovate it this spring to be more flexible. 

“So we are opening it up, and we are putting in storage and lighting.  So that it can do everything from cooking classes to watercolor, to you name it.” 

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Jan. 28 Point-In-Time
3:49 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Volunteers To Look For Homeless In Northwoods


Later this month, volunteers in the Northwoods will join a statewide effort to find out how many people here are homeless.

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative To Stop Homelessness Continuum of Care's Lori Hallas says they will be checking persons in shelters,  under bridges or other locations...

"....we have teams that will be going out in the areas of Crandon, Antigo, Eagle River, Minocqua and Rhinelander, just to see if there's anyone on the street..."

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New EP Comes Out Friday
10:43 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Eagle River Graduate Launches Musical Career

18-year-old Madeline Consoer is releasing her new EP Friday.
Credit Submitted photo

The months after high school graduation are a big adjustment for any 18-year old. WXPR’s Emily Bright has the story of one local girl who used the time to launch a singer/songwriter career.

Seven months after graduating from Northland Pines High School Madeline Consoer was back in her old auditorium, playing piano and singing a two-hour concert Friday that included her original songs. It’s been a busy few months, says Madeline.

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Arts & Life
10:11 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Snowmobile Derby Draws Fierce Competition, Camraderie

Snowmobile racers compete in the Vintage Championship races.
Credit Emily Bright

The World Championship Snowmobile Derby take places in Eagle River this weekend, with the vintage classes wrapping up last weekend.  WXPR’s Emily Bright takes a behind-the-scenes look at the camaraderie and competition of the international snowmobile races going on in our own backyard.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Speaker
4:23 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Former NOW Leader To Speak About Growing Inequalities In U.S.

A former leader of the National Organization for Women is speaking in the in Northwoods next week.

Judy Goldsmith was President of NOW in the 1980s, and most recently served as Campus Dean and CEO of UW Fond du Lac.

During her time at NOW, Goldsmith worked with Coretta Scott King to organize a commemorative March on Washington in the 1980s…in honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s historic march in 1963.

Her talk scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr Day is titled “Red, White and Broke: Escalating Inequality in America.” 

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Arts & Life
11:15 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Corey Mathew Hart and Band- March 13th


Corey Mathew Hart- Friday, March 13th, 2015 -7:30PM                                                Nicolet College LRC- Rhinelander

WXPR Public Radio and Nicolet College will host Wisconsin singer and songwriter, Corey Hart, in concert Friday, March 13th  at 7:30pm at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. 

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Arts & Life
11:05 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Tickets are Still Available. Live From the White Pine With Ellis Paul, February 12th

Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Café Thursday, February 12th at 7pm for a live broadcast performance with singer Ellis Paul.

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Kinship of the North dissolves
7:13 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters Doing School, Community Mentoring


Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin has begun a community-based youth mentoring program in the Northwoods.

Kinship of the North had previously performed the community-based mentoring  but that organization has dissolved, having been active  in the Northwoods since 1980.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters spokesperson Mary Kinnunen  says that organization had provided school-based youth mentoring but now will do both. She says Kinship asked Big Brothers-Big Sisters to take over their community-based mentoring programs.

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Rhinelander District Library
7:31 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Holiday Book Fund Drive Still Underway


Longtime Rhinelander educator and author Ced Vig began a tradition at the Rhinelander District Library and this year marks its 30th anniversary. The tradition began   with Vig donating the first book to the Holiday Book Fund.

Library Foundation member Kari Zambon says since it's beginning, nearly a quarter-million dollars has been raised for book purchases...

"....nearly one in four of the books taken out in the Children's Department are book-plated with the Ced Vig book fund..."

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Vintage Championship This Weekend
3:30 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Cold Weather Makes for Excellent Snowmobile Derby Conditions

Drivers line up for hot laps, Thursday, to test the ice before the races begin.
Credit Emily Bright


The frigid weather we've experienced lately is perfect for one group: those working hard to prepare the snowmobile track for the upcoming Vintage and World Championship races.

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