Arts & Life

Annual Event Draws Crowds
5:46 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Cranberry Enthusiasts Flock to Eagle River

Cranberries will be everywhere this weekend in Eagle River.
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Visitors are pouring into Eagle River in time for Cranberry Fest. This weekend’s event is expected to draw 40,000 people to the area. 

Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Emerson says planning the huge event takes all year. 

“So when it’s over I start over on the next year.  And you’re getting all of the things lined up – the cranberries, the craisins, the marsh winery tours.  All of the different integral parts that help make the festival so special.”

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Thousands Drawn to Cranberry Fest
5:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Unlikely Pull of the Cranberry

Credit Andrew Leahy

  My town of Eagle River has a population of 1398. If our town’s population were a year, we’d still be in the Middle Ages. So it’s that much more amazing that every year 40,000 people show up on the first weekend of October for Cranberry Fest. 40,000 people drive across the state and beyond to engage in a frenzy over a little red berry that hardly anyone eats raw.

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Access to the Open Air
5:32 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Let's Go Fishing's Second Season Brings 300 On the Water

The Northwoods Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing says participation is growing…with more than 300 people taking boat rides this summer.

The nonprofit arranges free rides on a handicapped-accessible pontoon boat…for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. 

Chapter Vice President Mark Schroeder says the group organized almost forty outings on Rhinelander’s Boom Lake, though it had a goal of operating up to ten trips a week. 

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Arts & Life
12:46 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

A Special Live From the White Pine Concert with Garnet Rogers

Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Café  Thursday, November 13th at 7pm for a live broadcast performance with Canadian singer songwriter Garnet Rogers.

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Intersections Between Faith and Social Justice
10:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

St. Augustine's Hosts Interfaith Talk on Worker Rights

St. Augustine Church in Rhinelander is hoping to open up a conversation about workers’ rights in the Northwoods.

The church is hosting a speaker from the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of Southcentral Wisconsin, or ICWJ.

Becky Schigiel will be speaking about the intersection between faith and social justice.  She says it isn’t a new idea.

“All religions believe in justice.  And how can that play out in how we stand with, speak up for, advocate for, and treat the folks who serve us every day in our lives as part of their jobs?

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50th Anniversary
4:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Minocqua Set to Bring the Beef

Minocqua will be celebrating the end of the summer tourism season in a big way.  The town is expecting as many as 15-thousand people to flock to the downtown area for Beef-a-Rama.

The event is all about beef…and features a beef roast competition, beef sandwiches for all, and a Parade of Roasts.

“The Parade of Roasts starts around 2 o’clock.  Everybody lines up with their roasted rump roast and parades them down the main street.”

That’s Krystal Westfahl, executive director of the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce. 

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Arts & Life
6:39 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

LDF Renovates Boys Dormitory For Community And Cultural Use

Credit Natalie Jablonski

Lac du Flambeau held a dedication ceremony for a remodeled historic building today…that remains part of a tragic legacy of federally-run boarding schools.  The Boys Dormitory will now house historic and cultural preservation offices.

The Boys Dormitory building dates back to the boarding school era around the early 1900s, when the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs forced Native American children to go to schools far away from their families.  They weren’t allowed to speak their native language, maintain their cultural identity or even keep their given names.   

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Oranges and Yellows Revealed
5:02 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Warm Days, Cool Nights Spur Bright Fall Colors

Autumn colors are a result of deciduous trees' pulling sugar and chlorophyll out of leaves and into the root system.
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It’s turning into a beautiful fall in the Northwoods.  In much of the state, leaves on deciduous trees started to change color a little later than usual.  Bill McNee, DNR Forest Health Specialist in Sheboygan says that’s thanks to recent wet weather.

“We had a lot of soil moisture and the trees are less stressed.  Which means the trees aren’t in a hurry, as they would be in a year when there’s not enough moisture.”

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Honors deputy who died
4:41 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Nicolet College Foundation Hosts Run To Remember

A scholarship fundraiser Saturday remembers a Northwoods deputy who died while on duty.

Nicolet College Foundation is sponsoring the Run To Remember and Family Fun Day at the Rhinelander campus. The event honors Kory Dahlvig, a Rhinelander High School  and Nicolet College graduate who worked with the Lac du Flambeau and Eagle River Police Departments before joining the Vilas County Sheriff's Department in 2007. He was killed in a traffic crash in 2010 while responding to a mutual aid request from another department.

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Last chapter in state
4:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Camp Fire Celebrates 100 Years Here Saturday

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The last remaining Camp Fire chapter in Wisconsin celebrates the organization's 100th Anniversary this Saturday at Camp Birchrock west of Rhinelander.

Camp Fire Board President Steve Sauer .....

"....our original charter date is January 20, 1914...."

Camp Fire was American's first nonsectarian and multicultural organization for girls, founded in 1910. In 1975 it became coeducational.

 Camp Birchrock was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps has 210 acres with frontage on three lakes. ...

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