Arts & Life

Hearing from Artists
3:30 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Slideshow: Youth Art and Why It's Important

Artist Riley Cain points to her work displayed at the Land O Lakes Area Artisans gallery.
Cheryl Pytlarz Land O' Lakes Area Artisans Submitted Photo

March is Youth Art Month.  WXPR Contributor Beth Brown Anderson wanted to find out what makes art important to many people, so she posed the question to a group of artists and art educators visiting a gallery in Land O Lakes.   

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Plans for a Cycling Hub in Eagle River
2:41 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Trail Groups Land $15K Grant for Bike Path Segment

A print by Dick Bonkoski called “Farewell to The Fisherman." C&NW train No. 228, a special from Chicago in the 1930s, was called The Fisherman.
Credit Used courtesy of the Eagle River Historical Society.

A bike trail project has netted a $15,000 matching grant to complete a short stretch of trail. 

The Three Eagle Trail runs from Three Lakes to Eagle River.  It’s being extended by less than a quarter mile through a congested part of Eagle River to the old train depot.  The grant comes from Tara Lila, a company that specializes in land conservation and trail construction.  It will match community donations up to $15,000 in hopes of covering the $30,000 cost of the construction. 

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Preserving Culture and Getting Outdoors
4:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Snow Snakes: A Lesson in Survival

Snow snakes is a game using thin painted sticks, often made of ash or maple.
Credit Matthew Rethaber

A group of middle school students gathered last month in Lac du Flambeau to learn outdoor winter skills.  Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission organized the weekend camp.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, it’s as much about cultural preservation as it is getting outdoors. 

At Deep Snow Camp, most of the activities are focused on survival skills like building a snow shelter or ice fishing with simple materials.  But a lot of the sessions focus on another type of survival: the cultural kind. 

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Decorate the Hodag
1:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. Makes Call For Artists

The Hodag at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce
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  A call for artists has come from Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated. To  raise money for downtown projects each fall, D.R.I. auctions off decorated mini-Hodags which are painted in the spring and displayed at various locations through the summer. D.R.I. Director Maggie Steffen says they need artists in the region to come forward and transform the mini-Hodags into works of art...  

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Rhinelander students recital
1:27 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Updated Grand Piano To Debut This Sunday at RHS

Grand Piano
Credit Photo: © Copyright Steinway & Sons".

  Not many schools have a Grand Piano, but you have a chance to hear one this Sunday for free and benefit the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry at the same time. Funding for the  newly restored Steinway Model B Grand  was made possible by a grant from the Hodag Schools Foundation and a gift by Dori Brown. Rhinelander students from grades 4 through 12 will perform a variety of selections  including pieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Lorrie Line and George and Ira Gershwin. Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says the event is part of recognizing music in the schools..  

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Seventeenth State Championship
1:32 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Rhinelander Mock Trial Again Captures State Title

Rhinelander Mock Trial team with the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Credit Submitted photo

Rhinelander High School is once again the state champion in mock trial.  The team competed before the state Supreme Court justices in Madison. 

It’s the 17th time Rhinelander has won the state championship.  But with one loss in the semifinals, Coach Kathy Vick-Martini says the final round against Shorewood High School was tense. 

“So we knew going into the finals that Shorewood had defeated the team that had defeated us.  And we were definitely the underdog.” 

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Six Mile Commute
4:00 am
Sat March 8, 2014

The Answer Is to Just Keep Pedaling

Rich Sweet bikes six miles to work each day, rain, shine or snow.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

With winter still holding the Northwoods in its icy grip, most of us try to avoid going out in the cold for longer than we have to.  So you might be surprised to find that one commuter relies on his bicycle to get to work all winter long, even refusing offers of car rides and choosing instead to brave the icy streets of Stevens Point.

It’s 7 a.m. on a clear morning in March, and 20 degrees below zero outside.  Rich Sweet is in his kitchen, in the process of what he calls “gearing up.”

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Daylight Savings Time
4:51 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Spring Forward This Sunday

Spring forward this Sunday
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  Daylight saving time  begins at 2 a.m. this  Sunday morning. While it's a time when we annually lose an hour of sleep, a Wisconsin Emergency Government official says it's also a time to update devices that could save your life.Todd Pritchard says the first thing to check are the batteries in your smoke detectors... 

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Tonight at 7:30 PM
10:50 am
Thu March 6, 2014

SXSW Live Webcast

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CLICK HERE FOR SXSW LIVE WEBCAST

WXPR.org will feature the sounds and sights of SXSW 2014. Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis, Eagulls, and Perfect Pussy will perform at NPR Music's SXSW Showcase.

Surf over to WXPR.org Wednesday, March 12th at 7:30 pm. to enjoy the excitement from Austin, on your favorite device, from anywhere. And you can preview the lineup anytime.

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Skill Building with Mock Trial
4:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mock Trial Team Prepares for State Competition

High school seniors Lydia O'Brien and Amber Sheth are captains of the Rhinelander Mock Trial Team.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander High School Mock Trial team is heading to the state competition in Madison this weekend.  The team won has won state 16 times, including last year.  

Team captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O’Brien have been with the team for the past four years.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with them to find out more about why they participate in mock trial, and how it works.     

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