Arts & Life

Arts & Life
2:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

More News is Coming to WXPR

Starting Monday, December 1 listeners will hear a local 6:00 p.m. newscast on WXPR.  If you have a busy afternoon and can't tune in during All Things Considered, you can now catch up on local news at 6:00 p.m. Plus, our central Wisconsin listeners can now hear WXPR news. 

Before There Was Kindergarten
5:36 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Three Lakes' Story Hour Celebrates 50 Years

Three Lakes Library Director Erica Brewster presented a plaque to Story Hour founders Barbara Hultz and Ginny Javinkoski.
Credit Emily Bright

Parents and children gathered in Three Lakes Tuesday…to mark fifty years of reading stories out loud at the library.  

Demmer Library in Three Lakes celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Story Hour yesterday.

In 1964, there was no kindergarten program in the public schools. Barbara Holtz and Virginia Javenkoski started Story Hour help teach young children the social skills they’d need for school. Mrs. Holtz recalls the Three Lakes’ town board’s response to starting a Story Hour:

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Thirty Days, Fifty Thousand Words
11:55 am
Tue November 25, 2014

NaNoWriMo Not For the Faint of Heart

At the end of this month, Beckie Jokie will have written seven novels in seven years.
Credit Submitted photo

November is National Novel Writing Month—or NaNoWriMo—the time when people of all ages and walks of life commit themselves to writing a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. WXPR’s Emily Bright sat down with Beckie Jokie, municipal liaison of the Northern Wisconsin chapter.

Beckie Joki is a competitive bass fisherman and a freelance writer living in Woodboro, and the month of November--

"It’s been a little bit busy," she says.

But that’s normal.

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Arts & Life
1:10 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

WXPR Concert Series

WXPR Concert Series at Nicolet College

The annual WXPR Concert Series continues to be a favorite event and with good reason - stacked with amazing talent, every concert is a must-see! Hot up-and-comers, current stars, absolute legends - the artists that take the Nicolet College LRC Theatre stage are some of the finest in the world and deliver performances packed with diverse musical styles and sounds! 

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Arts & Life
1:04 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

WXPR Holiday Open House- Thursday, December 4th

We will host our annual listener open house on Thursday, December 4th from 10am -5pm. All are invited to celebrate the season with volunteers and staff. Enjoy holiday goodies, meet on-air hosts and tour the studios.  You can also record a testimonial saying what you like about listening to WXPR.  You know this radio station plays a big part in your life - now is your chance to tell everyone why!  Come by our open house, and take a moment to tell your community why WXPR matters to you.

Happy Holidays! 


Need projects to graduate
7:39 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Oneida Non-Profits Could Benefit From Leadership OC


Non-profit organizations in Oneida county are invited to submit applications to see if a project could help local residents.

Leadership Oneida County is a nine-month program cultivating local leaders,  creating an awareness of services and organizations in Oneida county.

One of the sponsoring agencies is the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Dana DeMet says Leadership participants need to complete a community service project in order to graduate...

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Goals also rise
7:22 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Need Rises as Salvation Army Bell Ringers Return


The Salvation Army's  Red Kettle bell ringers have arrived for another year. The volunteers ring bells at retail outlets to raise money for the Salvation Army's relief efforts.

Rhinelander area coordinator Kim Swisher says they started earlier than normal this year in the hope of not facing cold weather, but that hasn't proven to be the case. She says the money stays locally, and the need has risen...

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World War II Vet Returns For Deer Season
4:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

History Afield: Home for the Hunt

Credit Joyce Bong Erickson

Saturday is opening day of Wisconsin’s annual gun deer season.  For many families the hunt is about much more than taking a deer - it’s a time of family bonding, camaraderie and tradition.  In today’s History Afield, Writer Bob Willging has the story of a famous World War II combat pilot, who made deer hunting with his family a priority while home on leave in 1943.

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Donated venison
2:29 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Tomahawk Venison Feed Brings Out Hunters

Wisconsin Department of Tourism Sec. Stephanie Klett

An event that has been around for nearly half a century returns to the streets of downtown Tomahawk on Friday.

Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett attended the Annual Venison Feed when she worked for the TV show Discover Wisconsin....

"....the Tomahawk Venison Feed is a blast. I got to film it years ago. They serve about 1800 venison burgers, free...they encourage donations of course...people come out in bright orange, and crazy hats with antlers. It's just a fun party in the streets of downtown Tomahawk.."

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Week of Thanksgiving Sees High Absentee Rate
10:41 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Deer Season Means Early Vacation For Some Northwoods Students

About 200 students were absent last year during the week of Thanksgiving, many of them busy deer hunting.

Northland Pines School District has a new vacation this school year. Students and teachers will have the whole week off at Thanksgiving for deer season. 

Last year, nearly 200 students in the Northland Pines middle school and high school were absent from school on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving break, many of them to take part in the 9-day deer hunting season. That’s nearly 15% of the district student body. This year, the Northland Pines School District responded by adjusting its vacation schedule accordingly. As superintendent Dr. Mike Richie explains,

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