Arts & Life

A Northwoods Institution
4:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

History Afield: Duke's Outboards

Duke Montgomery repaired and collected motors in his Boom Lake shop.
Credit Jim Montgomery

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. 

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Registrations still open
4:18 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

School of Arts Classes Filling Up

Credit UW-Madison Continuing Studies

While much of this week is dedicated to the Hodag Country Festival, in less than two weeks, another multi-day event begins in Rhinelander.

The 51st School of the Arts at Rhinelander begins July 19 through the 23rd at James Williams Middle School. It's sponsored by the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Department.

The school is open to anyone with an interest in writing, music,  performing, cooking, spiritual enhancement, painting,  and other arts.

Director Lynn Tarnoff says they too have some headliners...

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Pledge Drive
2:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

WXPR Summer Pledge Drive Drawing Official Rules and Regulations

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During our Summer Pledge Drive your pledge automatically enters you into a drawing to win a stand up paddleboard from Chequamegon Adventure Company! 

WXPR’s Pledge Drive Drawing
Official Rules and Regulations

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A Journey to the West Coast
4:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Northwoods Author Tours Book By Bike

Author Brian Benson is touring his new book, "Going Somewhere" on his bicycle.
Credit Andrew Dressel

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. 

           

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Interpretations of History
4:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Sculptures Line Ironwood's Aurora Loop

Credit Monie Shackleford / WXPR News

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.

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Boxes From Home
2:58 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Care Packages Sent to Overseas Military

AT&T is donating money to help send care packages to U.S. Troops deployed overseas. 

The nonprofit Military Support group is mailing nearly 50 packages to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. 

AT&T Spokesperson Jessica Erickson says the company announced the $2250 award Saturday at the Veterans Center in Rhinelander.             

“There’s actually going to be volunteers, as well as Representative Rob Swearingin, that are going to be on hand packing care packages, so we’re going to be packing probably about 30 tomorrow.” 

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Adventure Racing in the Northwoods
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Stubborn Mule Challenges Teams to Keep Going, and Not Get Lost

A race this weekend near Tomahawk will test endurance and problem-solving.  The Stubborn Mule Adventure race asks teams to compete in a kind of off road triathlon that lasts either 12 or 30 hours. 

Race Director Paula Waite says the race requires navigating on foot, on bikes, and in a canoe. 

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70 Years Since D-Day
3:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Other Side of Ninety: Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson, 90 years old, served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. military.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This month marks 70 years since D-Day, the landing operations at Normandy during World War 2.  

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Plan for Revamped Indian Bowl
5:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Lac du Flambeau Arts and Cultural Center Lands Sizable Grant

An arts and cultural center planned for Lac du Flambeau is getting a financial boost. 

The USDA has awarded the project $88,000 towards job training for the Living Arts and Cultural Center. 

The center is being planned to replace the Indian Bowl, a venue that’s currently in disrepair. 

Georgine Brown is chair of the project’s board of directors.  She says the grant will lay the groundwork for staffing once the center is built.

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Inaugural event
12:57 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Boom Lake Log Jam This Weekend in Rhinelander

Credit explorerhinelander.com

The Northwoods logging history  is the focus of the inaugural Boom Lake Log Jam, set for Friday through Sunday for Hodag Park in Rhinelander.

Chamber of Commerce Director Dana DeMet talked with Ken Krall about the event...

 

More information on  the Boom Lake Log Jam at Hodag Park is on the chamber's website at explore rhinelander dot  com or call the Chamber office 715-365-7464.

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