Arts & Life

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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Youth Art Month
5:03 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Land O' Lakes Art Show Spotlights Youth Work

Youth Art Month coordinators hope showcasing young people's art will let them know that creativity matters.
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March is national Youth Art Month.  Land O' Lakes Area Artisans, or LOLA, is putting the spotlight on young artists’ work with a gallery exhibit. 

The show features almost ninety works from local elementary and homeschooled students. 

LOLA Programming Director Wendy Powalisz says she’s busy framing the art pieces…which are loosely inspired by the four seasons. 

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24th year
10:59 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Klondike Days In Eagle River March 1 & 2

One of the largest winter festivals in Wisconsin is set for Saturday and Sunday in Eagle River.

Klondike Days is in it's 24th year. The event is labeled as an historic festival bringing back how Wisconsin looked two centuries ago.

Executive Director Amy Young says the event is geared for family entertainment. She emphasizes in the cold weather, you can also do things inside...

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Tune in Thursday, March 13 at 7 PM
10:50 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Garnet Rogers Concert- Postponed

Due to inclement weather across Ontario, we unfortunately need to postpone the "Garnet Rogers- Live From the White Pine Concert" and interview scheduled for Thursday, March 13th. We will notify ticket holders and listeners once a new date has been confirmed.

Thank you

Skiing the Nikkerbeiner
4:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Good Old Days of Wooden Skis

Nikkerbeiner skiers line up, sporting their finest knickers, sweaters and wool socks.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The American Birkebeiner is well known for its difficulty and impressive distance: a course more than 30 miles long that takes hours to complete. 

But Birkie weekend hosts other events, including one that celebrates the Nordic roots of cross country skiing: the second annual Nikkerbeiner race on wooden skis.

On the streets of downtown Hayward, it’s easy to spot the Nikkerbeiner skiers among the fray.  They’re the ones wearing woolen knickers, knee socks, and an occasional Vikingish helmet. 

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Thinking Spring
3:14 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Gardening Project to Host Seed Swap

Gardeners save seeds to reduce cost and encourage genetic diversity.
Credit Alex Bayley

Gardeners will be swapping seeds next week in Eagle River.  The Seed to Seed Edible Garden Project and Vilas County Master Gardeners are hosting the fourth annual exchange of vegetable and flower seeds.

Debbie Jircik is founder of Seed to Seed.  She says seed saving is the process of letting plants flower and go to seed at the end of the season, and saving those seeds for next year’s planting. 

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Financial simulation of adulthood
3:49 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rhinelander HS Juniors Learn "Mad Money"

Diane Sowinski(center) teaching students how to properly write checks.
Credit WXPR

Kids wonder why they can't always get money from their parents. Tuesday, Juniors at Rhinelander high school learned from a simulation why their parents sometimes say no.

Students do paperwork to see if they can budget items like food, child care, living expenses and savings on the money they are given. Jacob Froseth is working part-time now and sees how that isn't enough to get by..

 

"...a part-time worker you don't get as many hours as you would like to pay for the things you want and need...."

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Marathon-Length Race
4:43 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Skiers Persevere Through Cold, Snowy Birkie Course

Skiers crowd the starting line at the 41st American Birkebeiner.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

More than ten thousand skiers competed last weekend in the American Birkebeiner ski race.  A foot of snow leading up to race day made for challenging conditions.

Single digit temperatures and fierce winds made for a cold start line early Saturday morning. Cross country skiers in brightly-colored spandex stretched their limbs and sprinted to make their start time. 

Pam Fashingbauer of Minocqua prepared for her first ever 54 kilometer classic race, after overcoming a shoulder injury from last summer.

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Tune in Friday at 6
4:11 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Blues Friday Host Dale Zimmerman presents “The Songs of Willie Dixon”

Willie Dixon at Harry Hopes in Cary, Illinois in 1979
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Willie Dixon was one of the most prolific blues songwriters of all time, having penned over 500 songs in his career. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters recorded many of them, and several of Willie's songs have been transformed into rock and roll classics by artists such as Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and Cream.

On Friday March 7th, from 6-9 pm, Blues Friday host Dale Zimmerman presents “The Songs of Willie Dixon.” Tune in and enjoy rare and brilliant performances of some of the best blues music ever written.

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On the Way to the Races
5:46 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Birkie Skiers May Face Weather Challenges On Race Course and Off

Northwoods travelers to this weekend’s American Birkebeiner ski race may face a snowy trip.  

More than ten thousand skiers from 21 countries are flocking to Hayward, many braving significant snow and ice.

Rhinelander resident Joel Knutson delayed his travel plans until Friday morning in hopes of letting the storm pass.  He says the weather just adds another layer of logistics. 

“And then you add that to the already-neurotic pre-race preparation of wax, and lodging and food – it makes for a pretty interesting mental cocktail!”

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