Fire destroyed a vacation home in Vilas County Monday. Wisconsin Electric discovered the fire just before 11 am while responding to a nearby power outage. The structure on North Hunter Lake Road in Conover was unoccupied at the time, and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department reports the property was a complete loss. The exact cause of the fire is unknown, but authorities believe it to have been weather related.
Direct from Memphis, Eric Scrappie Hughes or the "Boss of Beale Street" as he's known, brought his deep river blues to the Northwoods August 24th. Floating down the Wisconsin River took on a real Delta feel with Scrappie's authentic delivery of original compositions and blues classics.
From "The Ballad of Weevil Point Willie" to "Tested Positive for the Blues," Scrappie's musical storytelling and artistry are a pleasure to share with WXPR listeners on Blues Friday and live at the WXPR Blues Cruise.
A spokesman for the Menominee Nation says the U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved plans to build a casino. The proposed casino will be built at the old Dairyland Greyhound Park near Kenosha. The old racetrack has been closed since 2009.
Each summer Rhinelander gets hit with what amounts to an explosion of creativity: School of the Arts Rhinelander sets up camp for five days in a local middle school, and holds a slew of art classes for adults. 2013 marked the program's 50th anniversary.
Even though more than half of the 150 students enrolled in School of the Arts are newcomers, it’s not hard to spot the longtime attendees. They’re wearing nametags with colored ribbons to indicate their veteran status. Lee Densmore sports a tag marking 15 years. He’s here for a poetry class.