Arts & Life

Northwoods Splendor
2:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Slideshow: Spring Birds in the Northwoods

A great blue heron has taken a fish.
Mitch Mode WXPR News

On an early April morning north of Rhinelander, WXPR Contributor Mitch Mode captured images of several bird species returning to the Northwoods this spring.  

Lessons for Life and Writing
4:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Poets on Poetry: Revision

Credit Jeff Eaton

April is National Poetry Month.  As part of our month-long series Poets on Poetry, Nicolet College Instructor Jeff Eaton reflects on the value of revision.

Writing “the best words in their best order,” according to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, defines poetry. Easily said, but not so easily achieved. Invention, the calling up of images, at some point must give over to revision – the “seeing again” that becomes the core work of composing poetry.

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At one point 6,000 without power
5:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Power Restored To Much Of Northwoods

Credit Dave Pape--en.wikipedia.org

   The situation has dramatically improved for thousands of WPS customers in the Northwoods without power.

WPS spokesperson Leah VanZile has an update...

 

"...we've made tremendous improvement in restoring power throughout the Northwoods due to additional crews we had come up this morning working through the day to restore power. We're looking for full restoration for all areas by this evening...."

 

VanZile tells us much of the region had outages...

 

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Students Learn from Tradition
4:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Building a Canoe to Preserve Culture

Jessica Samuelson WXPR News

Culture, in my own personal definition is ‘life as we know it,’ but it is also life as it once was long ago before you or I or even our parents walked the earth.  Although I am not of Native American descent, I have spent the last 18 months as a Tribal AmeriCorps Program member serving the Lac du Flambeau grade school. Part of my service there involves working closely with the Envision program. I think it would be best if Ariana, a seventh-grader in the program described it for you in her own words.

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Presentations and Activities
4:41 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Youth Summit Focuses on Sustainability

In spite of the snow, students from across the state gathered at UW Stevens Point’s Treehaven on Wednesday.  The Youth Summit featured environmental project presentations and activities. 

High school and middle schoolers gave presentations on topics ranging from threats to coral reefs to recycling and how to raise crickets.   

One student presented on how to make biodiesel as an alternative fuel. 

“First you mix the heat, with the lye – 5 grams of lye, you need to use powdered lye instead of liquid lye…”

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Poets on Poetry
4:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

My Year in Haiku: Learning to Write Poetry Again

Haiku are known for evoking images and a sense of season.
Credit Seabamirum / https://flic.kr/p/dQawfu

Rhinelander poet Brent Goodman once vowed he’d never write a haiku.  So why has he been writing nothing but haiku for the past 10 months?  As part this month’s Poets on Poetry series, Goodman tells how it all began with a course by Haiku Master Lee Gurga.

It’s April again, which for me means participating in a daily challenge called “NaPoWriMo,” or National Poetry Writing Month. It’s an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the entire month of April.

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Long Distance Race
4:13 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Rhinelander Native to Run Boston Marathon

Thousands of qualifying runners will compete in the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.
Credit JD via Flickr / https://flic.kr/p/86nxiF

A former Hodag track and cross country star will run in the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Lisa Nienstaedt grew up in Rhinelander and now lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she works in physical therapy. 

After setting records in high school she went on to run marathons.  This year’s Boston Marathon will be her seventh race of that distance. 

WXPR’S Natalie Jablonski spoke with Nienstaedt over the phone about her feelings leading up to the race. 

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World War II, Korea, Viet Nam veterans
6:13 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Honor Flight Returns To Washington D.C.

World War II Memorial
Credit commons. wikimedia.org

The next flight of veterans being taken to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments to their military service leaves Monday morning from Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee.

The Never Forgotten Honor Flights program flies veterans and caregivers to Washington, D.C. for a one-day experience.

Co-founder Jim Campbell says this is the 15th Never Forgotten Honor Flight....

".....to date, we have taken 1, 314 veterans on Monday(4/14) we have 85 veterans from World War II, Korea and a Viet Nam vet..."

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Slide show
5:54 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Rare Opportunity To See Rhinelander Of Old

Vintage Rhinelander photo
Credit commons.wikepedia.org

A rare opportunity for area residents to see Rhinelander in its earliest days will be held this week at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander.

The Rhinelander Historical Society is presenting a photographic slide show, says Society President June Thiel....

"....these are slides given to the museum years ago. They belonged to Estelle Sipple and they are pictures from as far back as the late 1800's...."

Thiel says the slides are mostly pictures of buildings and life of the times...

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"You Live Through It, What the Dickens!"
4:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Other Side of Ninety: Allen Krueger

Allen Krueger, 92, lives in Monico, WI.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Today we debut a new series of interviews with Northwoods residents over the age of ninety.  Allen Krueger served in the U.S. Navy and had a career as an electrician, before retiring in northern Wisconsin.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski went to meet Allen…and his dog Zoe…at his home in Monico.

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