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.”
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.....
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.