Before There Was Kindergarten
5:36 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Three Lakes' Story Hour Celebrates 50 Years

Three Lakes Library Director Erica Brewster presented a plaque to Story Hour founders Barbara Hultz and Ginny Javinkoski.
Credit Emily Bright

Parents and children gathered in Three Lakes Tuesday…to mark fifty years of reading stories out loud at the library.  

Demmer Library in Three Lakes celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Story Hour yesterday.

In 1964, there was no kindergarten program in the public schools. Barbara Holtz and Virginia Javenkoski started Story Hour help teach young children the social skills they’d need for school. Mrs. Holtz recalls the Three Lakes’ town board’s response to starting a Story Hour:

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Snow is Piling Up
5:31 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Snowfall Not Uncommon In November, Says NWS

Cold weather and significant snowfall in November may seem unusual, but the National Weather Service says it’s not that atypical.

Dan Miller with the National Weather Service in Duluth says significant snowfall in November happens about 25 to 30 percent of the time.

 “I think we need to put a little bit of a perspective on it.  Yeah it’s a little early bit early and yeah it’s a lot colder than it was in October.  But really in the scheme of things this isn’t really that far off of the rails in terms of being wildly abnormal.”

Bike and ATVs Could Both Use Corridor
5:27 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

DOT: Conover's Bike Trail Can't Allow ATVs, But Could Share Space With Second Trail

The town of Conover has about three weeks to decide whether to accept federal funding to build a bike trail.

After Vilas County officials asked the town to allow ATVs on a short stretch of the silent sports and snowmobile trail, state officials have clarified that it’s too late for changes to the project proposal. 

But DOT North Central Engineering Chief Brian Gaber says ATV groups could apply to build their own trail on the railroad grade, which is about a hundred feet wide.

He says ATV use would need to be separated from the silent sports portion. 

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Still need to cut $100,000
1:50 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Expera Reassessment Causes Rhinelander Budget Re-do

Credit Rhinelander city hall

A last minute change in property values caused the Rhinelander city council to do some fast work to put out a 2015 budget.

The council Monday night approved a budget but more adjustments need to be made. Finance committee chair Mark Pelletier says they came into the meeting keeping the levy the same as last year. A recent reassessment of the Expera paper mill property by the state caused a scramble to balance the budget...

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Thirty Days, Fifty Thousand Words
11:55 am
Tue November 25, 2014

NaNoWriMo Not For the Faint of Heart

At the end of this month, Beckie Jokie will have written seven novels in seven years.
Credit Submitted photo

November is National Novel Writing Month—or NaNoWriMo—the time when people of all ages and walks of life commit themselves to writing a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. WXPR’s Emily Bright sat down with Beckie Jokie, municipal liaison of the Northern Wisconsin chapter.

Beckie Joki is a competitive bass fisherman and a freelance writer living in Woodboro, and the month of November--

"It’s been a little bit busy," she says.

But that’s normal.

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Opening Weekend Figures Show Decline
5:40 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Buck Harvest Down For Northern Region and Statewide

Last winter's severity cut down the number of deer in the woods.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Hunters registered more than ten thousand bucks in the northern district during opening weekend.  That’s down by about 12 percent compared to last year according to the DNR’s preliminary figures.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says part of the decline is likely due to last winter’s taking a toll on the herd. 

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Snow removal often leads to back injuries
5:35 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Step, Don't Twist: A Lesson in Proper Shoveling Technique

Those of us shoveling a lot of snow these days may have the sore backs to prove it.  Chiropractors say there is a better way.

Back injuries are common this time of year.  Dr. Grace Zuiker of Tomahawk’s Allied Health Chiropractic…says many are due to shoveling techniques that put too much strain on the back.  She says use your whole body to avoid injury. 

“And when you start pushing, lower your stance so you’re down farther, so then you can push into the show, rather than using just your back to push…so use your knees to get lower.”

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Arts & Life
1:10 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

WXPR Concert Series- A Great Gift Idea

WXPR Concert Series at Nicolet College

The annual WXPR Concert Series continues to be a favorite event and with good reason - stacked with amazing talent, every concert is a must-see! Hot up-and-comers, current stars, absolute legends - the artists that take the Nicolet College LRC Theatre stage are some of the finest in the world and deliver performances packed with diverse musical styles and sounds! 

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Arts & Life
1:04 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

WXPR Holiday Open House- Thursday, December 4th

We will host our annual listener open house on Thursday, December 4th from 10am -5pm. All are invited to celebrate the season with volunteers and staff. Enjoy holiday goodies, meet on-air hosts and tour the studios.  You can also record a testimonial saying what you like about listening to WXPR.  You know this radio station plays a big part in your life - now is your chance to tell everyone why!  Come by our open house, and take a moment to tell your community why WXPR matters to you.

Happy Holidays! 


Need projects to graduate
7:39 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Oneida Non-Profits Could Benefit From Leadership OC


Non-profit organizations in Oneida county are invited to submit applications to see if a project could help local residents.

Leadership Oneida County is a nine-month program cultivating local leaders,  creating an awareness of services and organizations in Oneida county.

One of the sponsoring agencies is the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Dana DeMet says Leadership participants need to complete a community service project in order to graduate...

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