Arts & Life

Long term debt at high interest
9:30 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Careful With Credit Cards This Shopping Season

A local agency says spending via credit cards can be risky.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Money troubles can follow people who go over board with holiday spending. Ken Krall talked with Tracy Beckman from the local thrift organization Northwoods Saves about keeping an eye on the bottom line.

More information is on the the website northwoodssaves. com.   The office is at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

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Highly Anticipated Winter Recreation
4:52 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Vilas County Snowmobile Trails to Open Early

Snowmobilers can hit the trails in Vilas County as of this Friday evening.
Credit Joe Ross

An early opening for Vilas County trails has snowmobile clubs and local businesses in good spirits.  The date was moved up from Tuesday December 17th to this Friday December 13th at 6 pm.

Vilas County Parks and Recreation Forester Dale Mayo says opening day usually happens after the four-day antlerless deer hunt ends.  But he says this year low temperatures and snow conditions seem to have discouraged many hunters.

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Winter visitors key
5:10 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Grants To Rhinelander Non-Profits Promote Tourism

Lara Reed
Credit starjournalnow.com

The Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee has awarded 13 area non-profits grants to promote winter activities coming up.

Chamber of Commerce Director Lara Reed says the committee awards grants twice a year.....

 

"anybody in the Rhinelader community who is a non-profit organization who works to either host an event or has a program to draw in visitors and tourists is eligible to submit a grant application..."

She says the state requires room tax money collected from visitors be used to attract other visitors...

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Day of Confusion
5:35 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Memories of Pearl Harbor, 72 Years Later

Walter Wendt survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This weekend marks 72 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Earlier this fall we heard from Walter Wendt, 95-year-old naval veteran of Pearl Harbor.

He remembers the day of the attacks as one of confusion.

“Rumors filled –spread like wildfire.  They said that there were Japanese landing at Pearl Harbor and there wasn’t any. They said they were landing at Waikiki Beach and there wasn’t any.  There was a guy they put on watch – there was a guy came in, he shot em and it was one of our own men.  The jitters were so high.”

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Old Becomes New
4:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Letterpress: An Antiquated Art, Or Maybe Not

Daniel Goscha is at work printing end-of-year cards for Arts Wisconsin.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

During the holiday season, you might be receiving more cards in the mail than you normally do.  But how many of those cards are printed by hand?  One Rhinelander arts organization is an expert in doing just that.  The technique is a combination of old and new techniques.   

Daniel Goscha’s tiny printing studio has a cabin-like feel and smells of wood smoke.

He’s standing over an antique letterpress.  It’s kind of like a hundred year old copy machine…except it’s made out of metal and…well, there are some other differences too.

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Statewide Arts Contest
4:23 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Park Sticker Contest Opens - But Please, Only Four Colors

The DNR has held its annual state park sticker contest since 1991.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Next year’s state park stickers are now on sale.  And the DNR is taking submissions for the sticker’s artwork for the following year.  

The 2015 state park sticker contest is open to all high school students throughout the state. 

DNR spokesperson Paul Holtan says judges are looking for designs that evoke the Wisconsin outdoors. 

“We want it to be representative of the parks experience.  Whether it’s outdoor activities, wildlife watching, beautiful scenes of the state parks – what they feel is the most important part of visiting our parks.”

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Holiday Community Event
4:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Bring a Box, the Wrapping's Free

A youth program in Rhinelander is hosting two free gift wrapping nights.  Young people who are turning to Forward Service Corporation for help finding jobs will be giving back to their community by wrapping presents for free.

Youth program coordinator Serena Adler says there are multiple benefits for the young gift wrappers. 

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Drive in Rhinelander and Eagle River
2:05 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

People Still Need Blood During the Holidays

Donors needed
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The need for blood continues during the holidays and a Red Cross spokesperson says he hopes people respond over the next two days.

Blood Represenative Marc Sutton says donations tend to drop during the holidays...

 

"...people are on vacation, on holidays and traveling...we see blood donations go down a little bit....the need doesn't go down during the holiday seasons....'

 

Sutton points out that some people need blood, even during the holidays...

 

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Gift certificates might be better
11:50 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Ask First Before Gifting a Pet

This pet doesn't go back to the shelter.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Giving a pet as a holiday gift could result in a problem if the person getting the animal hasn't approved it.

Oneida County Humane Society Director Bria Swartout talked with Ken Krall about giving pets as gifts.

Experts ask anyone thinking of giving a pet as a gift to remember it will be a 10 to 15 year commitment to the animal.

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Big Winter Business
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Snowmobilers Wait for Snow, and Paperwork

Snowmobile trails need frozen ground and the permission of landowners in order to open.
Credit Manfred Werner

Snow has started to pile up here in the Northwoods, and that’s good news for snowmobilers. 

Oneida County Forest Director John Bilogan says conditions could be frozen enough in a few days.  But he’s guessing it will be about two weeks before the state-funded trails actually open. 

“It’s all the paperwork side of things – the insurance policies, private land easements, land-use agreements, all have to be in place from the snowmobile clubs and on file in our forestry office.”

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