Arts & Life

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
Credit Wisconsin.gov

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.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

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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Arts & Life
2:44 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Live From the White Pine - Garnet Rogers

Hear renowned singer-songwriter and guitarist Garnet Roger’s in an archived Live from the White Pine performance. Colleen Finn of Northwoods Cafe hosted this Live from the White Pine on-air broadcast Thursday, November 13.

 

 

      

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Arts & Life
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Holiday Programming

Arts & Life
8:09 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Snow Continues to Pile Up in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula

Ironwood, MI has already gotten almost four feet of snow in mid-November.
Monie Shackleford

Another wave of snow near Lake Superior continues to bury an area already blanketed from last week’s early winter storms.  The the wintry conditions are getting mixed reviews.

The Lake Superior snowbelt region of Hurley and Ironwood were hit especially hard with nearly feet of snow in areas.  Gracie Tadlock was not quite ready for so much, so early.  

“There is a lot.  It came fast.  It is kind of overwhelming.  I was actually hoping it wouldn’t come here until December but…after 30 below for as long as we did last year, the snow will be okay.”

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Strategic planning session
4:41 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Meeting Tuesday To Deterimine Course of OC Fair

Credit Oneida County Fair

A meeting is set for Tuesday(Nov. 18) that could have much to say about what direction the Oneida County Fair will be taking.

The public is invited to the strategic planning session.

The first fair was held in 1896 and has been in three locations in Rhinelander over the years and for awhile was in Lake Tomahawk. Most recently, it has been held in early August at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander.
Nancy Gehrig is Fair Coordinator. She says they need help in several areas...

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Its Renovation Was a Labor of Love
4:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Silent Films Light Up Historic Ironwood Theater

The Historic Ironwood Theatre went dark in the 1980s, but community support helped bring it back.
Ironwood Theater

On a recent Saturday evening, the classic marquee of the Historic Ironwood Theatre was lit on Aurora Street in downtown Ironwood, and a crowd bustled into the theatre. However, this wasn’t a typical night at the movies.  This was a silent film screening, complete with live organ accompaniment.

With popcorn and soda in hand, the crowd took their seats to watch the silent film classic Phantom of the Opera at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. 

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Snow Brings Skiers
3:21 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Ski Resorts and Trails Prep for Winter Recreation

Ski trails typically won't be groomed until after the gun-deer season.
Credit http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biegi_narciarskie#mediaviewer/File:Ski_trails.jpg

All this snow is likely to make for some good skiing conditions.  Many downhill runs are opening for business, while cross country skiers may have to wait longer for groomed trails. 

Rib Mountain’s Granite Peak is set to open this weekend, while Ski Brule near Iron River, Michigan has already opened a few of its runs.

But Operations Manager Jessica Polich says more snow falling from the sky doesn’t actually make trails open any faster.  Ski Brule just needs cold temperatures to run its snow making machines 24/7.

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Veteran's Day
1:06 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

For a Veteran Coming Home, Cranberries Are a World Away From Military Duty

Harvest season means long days for cranberry pickers at James Lake Cranberry Marsh.
Credit James Lake Cranberry Marsh

Returning to civilian life after military duty can be a shocking adjustment.  WXPR’s Emily Bright talked to one veteran who made that transition and is now doing something that seems totally different, growing cranberries in the Northwoods.

Benjamin Riker served two tours in Kuwait and Iraq with the Wisconsin National Guard. When he returned home in 2009, he finished up his degree in early elementary education. He was married with a young son, and they had to figure out what came next.

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