Man's 12-Year Search for the Woman Who Raised Him

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Joe McHugh is a folklorist and fiddler who found himself in the middle of a folk tale of his own. McHugh set out on a 12-year journey to find the family of the African American woman who helped raised him and save his life. This story, which McHugh tells from his new book Coins in the Ashes, is set to music played by Joe and his wife Paula. This story is part of WXPR's genealogy series.

It smells like a campfire, but the smoky smell across the Northwoods has  international, national and meteorological reasons.

A large number of wildfires in Canada and Alaska have pumped massive amounts of smoke into the atmosphere. If you've watched the moon or sun set or rise, you've seen  a reddish haze and a cloudy atmosphere caused by the smoke.

While smoke from fires out west is not new in the Northwoods, residents in the Minocqua, Boulder Junction and Eagle River were particularly tweaked by the smoke which swooped down Monday night.



One of the Midwest's premier country music festivals gets into high gear Thursday, and a local spokesperson says that show is worth millions to Rhinelander's economy.

The Hodag Country Festival yearly features the top acts in the genre. But the estimated 25,000 "festers" like to open their wallets, says Chamber of Commerce Director Dana DeMet...

"....the state Department of Tourism estimates that each overnight visitor is worth about $180 for each night they stay and day trippers have about a $60 a day impact...."

In June, 2010, Wisconsin adopted the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts.

Tuesday, 58 people wrote an open letter to Governor Scott Walker to "stop playing games with Common Core"  Walker has proposed defunding   the Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced exam in his budget. The activists said the new “Badger Exam” that replaces it would also be aligned with the controversial standards. Walker was said by 2013 to be telling officials to not enforce Common Core standards.

Members of the Rhinelander Fire Department Local #1028 will be hitting the street later this week to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the Fill the Boot Campaign. Money that passers-by drop into their boots all goes to fund research and support patients in the Northeastern Wisconsin and U.P, says fundraising coordinator Heather Buchberger. “We do MDA clinics where clients can go see their pulmonologist, physical therapist, and everything for no cost to them," says Buchburger.

Vilas County Woman Found Safe

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An 87-year-old woman missing in the Northwoods has been found safe.

The state Justice Department issued a Silver Alert for Marion Hintz.  The alert said Hintz disappeared sometime after she was waiting for her husband yesterday outside a building in Arbor Vitae in Vilas County.

Travelers with smartphones now have access to more information about the roadways.

The Department of Transportation's free smart phone app is available for Apple and Android devices says Gina Paige, a public information specialist for the DOT...

"...the 511 Mobile Wisconsin app is available for free download. It provides up-to-date traffic information at the tip of your fingertips. You have access to traffic incidents, delays, backups, closures workzones and weather-related road conditions..."

The Wisconsin Well Woman Program provides preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage. Well Woman pays for mammograms, Pap tests, certain other health screenings. While the program continues, state officials moved make changes, they say, resulting from Obamacare that enabled a regional, rather than county, approach. The program changed July 1.

Campanile Center Begins Outdoor Arts Classes

Jul 6, 2015

The Campanile Conservatory of Minocqua is announcing art workshops for children and adults beginning Tuesday. Executive Director Theresa Smith says the once-a-week, 6-week art  classes expose children to an array of art forms and the outdoors. “They do things like drawing outside, they’ll be building sculptures outside, painting by the lake...we have some lovely gardens here at Campanile where they’ll be learning sketching in there, so as long as the weather holds, most of their projects take place outside.”