Arts & Life

Its Renovation Was a Labor of Love
4:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Silent Films Light Up Historic Ironwood Theater

The Historic Ironwood Theatre went dark in the 1980s, but community support helped bring it back.
Ironwood Theater

On a recent Saturday evening, the classic marquee of the Historic Ironwood Theatre was lit on Aurora Street in downtown Ironwood, and a crowd bustled into the theatre. However, this wasn’t a typical night at the movies.  This was a silent film screening, complete with live organ accompaniment.

With popcorn and soda in hand, the crowd took their seats to watch the silent film classic Phantom of the Opera at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. 

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Snow Brings Skiers
3:21 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Ski Resorts and Trails Prep for Winter Recreation

Ski trails typically won't be groomed until after the gun-deer season.

All this snow is likely to make for some good skiing conditions.  Many downhill runs are opening for business, while cross country skiers may have to wait longer for groomed trails. 

Rib Mountain’s Granite Peak is set to open this weekend, while Ski Brule near Iron River, Michigan has already opened a few of its runs.

But Operations Manager Jessica Polich says more snow falling from the sky doesn’t actually make trails open any faster.  Ski Brule just needs cold temperatures to run its snow making machines 24/7.

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Veteran's Day
1:06 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

For a Veteran Coming Home, Cranberries Are a World Away From Military Duty

Harvest season means long days for cranberry pickers at James Lake Cranberry Marsh.
Credit James Lake Cranberry Marsh

Returning to civilian life after military duty can be a shocking adjustment.  WXPR’s Emily Bright talked to one veteran who made that transition and is now doing something that seems totally different, growing cranberries in the Northwoods.

Benjamin Riker served two tours in Kuwait and Iraq with the Wisconsin National Guard. When he returned home in 2009, he finished up his degree in early elementary education. He was married with a young son, and they had to figure out what came next.

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Cold through Thanksgiving
10:27 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Snow Piles Up In Northwoods


Snow continues across northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula this Veterans Day. Many cancelations of schools and activities. Road crews are working to stay ahead of the snow which began Monday morning, stopped for awhile mid-Monday, then picked up overnight, depositing several more inches of snow. Roads are snow covered and slippery across the north and travel isn't recommended.

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Arts & Life
10:35 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Cajun Strangers in Concert, Friday, February 6

Cajun Strangers


The Cajun Strangers- Friday, February 6th, 2015- 7:30PM in the Nicolet Theater Rhinelander.

Cajun folk dance music! With their unbridled energy, contagious enthusiasm, and accordion and fiddle driven music, the Cajun Strangers will have you on your feet dancing with your neighbor.

$20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door. 


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Arts & Life
1:59 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Familiar voices at new times when NPR's show clocks change on November 17

There’s a structure to NPR newsmagazine programs on WXPR that’s about to change.

NPR news shows are governed by a ‘clock.’ These graphical representations of each hour lay out what happens in a program and when

Whether it’s a newscast, A Writer’s Almanac, Marketplace Morning Report or a report from a community contributor, it happens at a precise time according to the clock.

This clock coordinates between hosts in NPR’s studios in Washington and WXPR’s hosts, so we don’t end up talking over each other.

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Surveying Silent Sports Enthusiasts
3:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Advisory Council Asks About Non-Motorized Trail Use

An advisory council wants to know how people use ski trails, bike trails, and other non-motorized routes.
Credit Tim Gillin

An advisory council to the state DNR is asking the public for input on non-motorized trail use.

The recently-formed Non-motorized Recreation and Transportation Trails Council hopes to represent the needs of silent sports users in Wisconsin. 

Council member and editor of Silent Sports magazine Joel Patenaude says the new survey wants feedback from users about their needs and concerns. 

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Rare Find in a Rural Area
4:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Children's Museum Inspires Kids and Adults to Think Creatively

Credit Matthew Krusack

The Northwoods is home to its very own children's museum, a place where the interactive exhibits are designed to stimulate children's creativity.  But as WXPR's Emily Bright reports, it takes the efforts and creativity of an entire community to keep it running.

Cindy Thompson gets down on her knees to explain the rules of the Northwoods Children’s Museum to my two-year old.

“Okay my friend, look here. See this red line, and the red light way up high? What does red mean?

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Decorating for Holiday Season
4:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Forty-Foot Oneida County Balsam Fir Heads to Capitol Rotunda

Kim and Dennis Shoeneck are donating more than a dozen trees to decorate the state capitol.
Credit Pixabay

The state capitol will celebrate the holidays this year with help from a 40-foot balsam fir from Pelican Lake in Oneida County. 

Dennis Shoeneck is owner of logging company Enterprise Forest Products.  He’s donating the large tree for the statehouse rotunda, along with more than a dozen smaller trees for outside the Capitol Square and Governor’s residence.

Shoeneck describes how Madison officials came to check out the trees earlier this spring, and notified him of their selections. 

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Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month
3:24 am
Tue November 4, 2014

November Is Key Month For Frederick Place


November is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month. The Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing and Frederick Place, the homeless shelter in Rhinelander, are gearing up for campaigns to fulfill their mission of providing shelter for the homeless.

Frederick Place Executive Director Tammy Modic says the public can make a direct donation of a dollar at area businesses....

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