Arts & Life

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.

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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
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

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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Environmental and Social Impact
4:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Meeting Elephants With a Sad Past

Ann Eshelman

Rhinelander native Ann Eshelman worked for many years as a public defender in the Northwoods.  After retiring she headed to northeast Cambodia to volunteer at a rehabilitation center for aging elephants…that had been used for logging and other hard labor.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with Eshelman about her experience volunteering at an elephant sanctuary that also has a big environmental and social impact.  

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Love and a Listening Ear
5:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Nancy and Quincy: A Therapy Dog Story

Since her retirement, Nancy Diepenbrock has spent hours training her golden retriever Quincy to be a therapy dog.
Emily Bright WXPR News

For many people, dogs are a source of comfort and friendship.  Nancy Diepenbrock believed so strongly in the power of a dog’s presence, she helped start a therapy dog program here in the Northwoods.  

"Everybody knows Quincy," said Diepenbrock. "They can’t remember my name. As a matter of fact last week one of the kids called me Mrs. Quincy."

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At Nicolet College
5:30 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Student Financial Aid Explained At Free Event

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Students looking for college money can get free help with the process at the annual College Goal Wisconsin event at Nicolet College February 23.

Nicolet College director of Financial Aid, Jill Price says students and parents can get help with the package...

 

"....it's an event for students who need to fill out their FAFSA or their free application for federal student aid, which is the essential piece to getting financial aid for their college education...."

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