Arts & Life

More than two feet of snow
4:11 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Ski Conditions: Like February in December

Cross country ski trails are in great shape this winter.
Credit Tim Gillin

The frigid weather may have kept skiers indoors for a few days…but otherwise this season’s conditions have been prime for cross country skiing. 

Tim Collins, Director of Minocqua Winter Park says the park had its biggest day ever the Saturday after Christmas. 

“We had over a thousand people out at Winter Park, on Saturday December 28.  And the numbers before and after were very close.  So all of our trails, 100 kilometers of ski and snowshoe trails have been groomed to perfection this season.”

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Salvation Army Northwoods totals
11:50 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Mother Nature, Calendar and Internet Slowed Donations

Credit Rhinelander Salvation Army

The fundraising totals across the Northwoods were down during this years Salvation Army bell-ringing time. Ken Krall reports Mother Nature, the calendar and the Internet worked against the effort this year.

Salvation Army spokesperson Tom Bremer) oversees the collections for the Northwoods.....

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Annual Winter Tradition
4:51 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Ice Castle Rises Again After Two-Year Hiatus

Eagle River's 25-foot ice castle is complete.
Credit Eagle River Fire Department

Eagle River’s legendary ice castle has been built once again by the area fire department.  

The design is new every year, but the method isn’t:  Eagle River deputy fire chief Jim Bonson says the ice harvesting saws and other tools date back more than 80 years.   

 “We’ve been doing it since 1933 as a community and it just has become a tradition.  When we don’t have it, like the last two years due to weather conditions, people get excited when all of a sudden it appears.”

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86 cents of each dollar stays locally
11:45 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Weather Affected 2013 Rhinelander Bell Ringing

Rhinelander area bell ringer
Credit Salvation Army/Facebook

Bell ringers for the Salvation Army faced brutal temperatures this year to raise money for local charitable needs. Ken Krall talked with Kim Swisher, a coordinator for the Rhinelander area efforts, about the results of this year's campaign.  

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Over Two Months On the Water
4:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Mississippi Paddler Returns from 70-Day Trip

Eleven paddlers traveled down the Mississippi to get a new perspective on the river.
Credit Paddle Forward

A Northwoods paddler has returned from a canoe trip down the Mississippi.  

Eric Immeler and ten others left in September to paddle from the Mississippi headwaters to New Orleans.  The group interviewed the people they met along the way about the role the river plays in their lives.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Immeler about his reflections on the journey that ended two days before Thanksgiving.

The trip was organized by the environmental education group Wild River Academy. 

Eric Immeler grew up in Woodruff and now lives in Minneapolis.  

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History Afield
10:08 am
Thu December 26, 2013

The Mysterious Death of Edward Keeler

Edward Keeler and his renowned boat, the Pelican.

Hunters and trappers spend a great deal of time alone in the woods, and outdoor activities in remote areas have their share of inherent dangers.  

Those dangers were even more apparent in the 1930s, a time of limited communication, large tracts of remote country, few heavily traveled roads, and the occasional gangster, moonshiner or poacher.

In today’s History Afield, Bob Willging tells the story of one man’s mysterious death in the woods in 1931.

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Sixteen Days Abroad
4:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Nicolet Students Set to Depart for Guatemala

This is the fourth trip Ocie Kilgus has led at Nicolet.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A Nicolet College group is heading to Guatemala Friday.  Most of the ten travelers are students at Nicolet - but not all.  The age range of those going is between 18 and 66. 

Trip leader Ocie Kilgus teaches Spanish and English classes at Nicolet Area Technical College.  She says they’ll spend 16 days in Guatemala’s second largest city.

"It’s called Quetzaltenango, and it’s in the Western Highlands.  It’s about three hours away from the capital city."

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Community Shows Support
3:34 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Celebrating at Frederick Place

Local high school students donated one of the Christmas trees at Frederick Place.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Holidays can be tough for those facing hard times, who may not have family nearby or even a home to celebrate in.  At Rhinelander’s homeless shelter, community members and staff are doing their best to make Christmas a festive time. 

Paper snowmen grace the windows at Frederick Place, and ornaments adorn a Christmas tree in the living room.  Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing Director Tammy Modic says all the decorations are donated. 

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In Memory of Dedicated Friend
5:31 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Remembering Tuckey Requa, Longtime WXPR Volunteer and Board Member

Tuckey Requa was an important part of WXPR for many years.
Credit Peg Arnold

The WXPR Board of Directors deeply mourns the passing of one of its members, Tuckey Requa. She served the station in many capacities, reflecting her impressive range of gifts and her enthusiasm for everything WXPR.

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Arts & Life
5:10 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Christmas Bird Count May See Fewer Seed-Eaters

Black-capped chickadees are common at Northwoods bird feeders in winter.
Credit Tashiarr via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Black-capped_Chickadee_eating_seed.jpg

Manitowish Waters will hold its annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Saturday. 

Groups throughout the Northwoods and across North America help track long term trends in winter bird populations. 

It’s the twenty first year of the Manitowish Waters count.  Coordinator John Bates says over that time he’s seen significant change in bird populations.  This year he’s expecting low numbers, especially of seed-eating birds that often travel here from Canada.              

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