Arts & Life

Humane Society Event
4:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Humans and Canines to Race in 5K Saturday

You might see an unusual number of people walking and running with their dogs in Minocqua this weekend. 

The Oneida County Humane Society hopes to rally support for cats and dogs in need of adoption…with a run-walk event.

And Vice President Maggie Hogan says the Jog for the Dogs 5K isn’t just for humans. 

“Runners are encouraged to run with their dogs…or walk.  But that’s obviously not necessary, if you don’t have a canine companion you can just come out and run or walk yourself.”

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Joint project
4:39 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Habitat For Humanity/Rhinelander SD Break Ground

(l-r) HFHN Director Bob Davis, RSD Superintendent Kelli Jacobi, Greg, Jennifer and Owen Bohn break ground on the Bohn's new home.
Credit WXPR

A family will be getting a new house next year as Habitat for Humanity Northwoods broke ground on it's 19th house Sunday(9/14) afternoon.

Greg and Jennifer Bohn and their two children will have a home on Rhinelander's west side. But this home has a twist. Routinely the homes are constructed by Habitat volunteers. But a collaboration with the Rhinelander School District means Building Trades students will build the house for  Habitat.

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Plans for New Arts Center
1:00 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Indian Bowl Set for Demolition

Lac du Flambeau is scheduled to start demolishing its historic Indian Bowl Monday.

The building dates back to the 1950s. As Lac du Flambeau tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms explains, for years it drew tourists with its traditional dance performances and cultural events.

“There’s a lot of history that goes with the Indian Bowl," he said.  "President Eisenhower was adopted into the band at the Indian Bowl in front of a large crowd…and it just has a real significance in the community.”

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Cultural Significance of Wild Rice
2:32 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Wild Rice Festival Celebrates Harvest

Wild rice harvesting in Minnesota - 1915.
Credit Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Lac du Flambeau is holding a festival celebrating wild rice…and the historic Indian Bowl.

The Wild Rice Festival is held every year during the rice harvesting season, which usually spans late August to early September. 

As Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms explains, wild rice has been an important part of Ojibwe culture since the tribes first migrated to the area.  A prophecy had foretold that the people should settle in a place where the food grows on the water.

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Arts & Life
10:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Live From the White Pine- Heather Styka- September 26

Heather Styka

Tune in to WXPR's Your Favorites Friday, September 26th, at 3 pm for a live broadcast performance with singer, songwriter and poet Heather Styka.

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Arts & Life
4:04 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Live From the White Pine- Dave Perron- September 20

Dave Parron

Tune in to WXPR's Country Legends Saturday, September 20, at 7pm for a live broadcast performance with singer Dave Perron.

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Arts & Life
4:39 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo- Friday, September 26th

Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo

Grammy nominees, Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo will kick off the WXPR Concert Series at Nicolet College on Friday, September 26th at 7:30 P.M. 

Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo are described as "real American music at its core and at its best". What emerges from this powerhouse trio is a unique fusion of blues, roots, and rock music that earned them second-round Grammy nominations in 2011 for "Blues Album of the Year" and "Best New Artist."  

Tickets are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. 

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Arts Center Scrambles to Pick up the Pieces
2:36 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Campanile's Woody Woodruff Dies at 58

The Campanile Center for the Arts is picking up the pieces after the unexpected death of its Executive Director.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Director of Minocqua's Campanile Center of the Arts has died.

Woody Woodruff passed away Thursday morning at the age of 58.

Joseph “Woody” Woodruff is believed to have suffered  an apparent  heart attack early Thursday. Friends say it happened at his home in Minocqua, during his regular 4:30 a.m exercise routine.


Woodruff was well-known in the community as a business owner and Executive Director for the Campanile Center for the Arts.


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Downtown Rhinelander
3:27 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

All 'Eyes' On The Potato This Weekend

A tuber, but not a musical instrument
Credit Hans-Pixabay

When you think of the Northwoods you conjure up images of trees and lakes, but how about the common potato?....

"....we get asked the question often, 'why potatoes?', well, first of all Wisconsin is ranked third nationally in the potato industry. We have a strong presence here in the Northwoods with research stations in Starks and Harshaw. A lot of potato products originate from here...."

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History Afield
4:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Summer White House on the Brule

President Calvin Coolidge, accompanied by his guide, John LaRock, frequently fished for trout on the Brule River during the summer of 1928.
Credit Wisconsin Historical Society

The President of the United States endures a demanding schedule.  But it wasn’t always this way. In today’s History Afield writer Bob Willging tells the story of the summer of 1928 when President Calvin Coolidge moved the center of American politics to the quiet shores of northwest Wisconsin’s most famous of trout waters, the Brule River.

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