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The Summit Players Theater hosting two free sessions Sunday of "Shakespeare in the State Park", but in this case it's the state forest.

The players tour Wisconsin's parks putting on  performances geared toward audience interaction.While most of the performances have been  happening in state parks, this one will be in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest says Forest spokesperson Melissa Baker....

"...they will be coming to do a workshop at 2 p.m. for kids and a shortened version of a Midsummers Night Dream for free at 3:30 p.m....."

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Next we hear from award-winning National Public Radio journalist, storyteller, musician and performer Joe McHugh. He and his wife Paula have been touring the Northwoods with performances including two this coming weekend. He also talks about a new book that was written from his own search for an answer within his own family...

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An Arbor Vitae woman charged with embezzling more than $30,000 from Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua has entered a no contest plea in Oneida County Court.

48 year old Brenda Wigglesworth entered the  plea to one count of theft from a business setting of more than $10,000. Wigglesworth is accused of taking the money while she was employed as the bookkeeper and office manager. Minocqua Police began investigating in 2013. She entered a not guilty plea last July.

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Immanual Evangelical Lutheran church in Rhinelander this Saturday is hosting its annual fundraiser to help with hunger relief both locally and abroad.

The theme is built around an old-style drive-in with carhops and food.

Spokesperson Cory Dellenbach says this is the 12th year for the event...

"....we want to try and help the area food pantries. Our synod also collects money for world hunger relief. The majority of the money raised will be staying here, locally...."

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Like much of the rest of Wisconsin, unemployment continues to fall as the Department of Workforce Development released the May local jobless numbers.

State Grant To Aid Joint Tourism Effort

Jun 25, 2015
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For the first time, six Northwoods counties are partnering together in a tourism project. Department of Tourism Joint Effort Marketing  funds have made a $20,540 grant possible for a group of 14 Northwoods museums in an effort called "Passport to Fun".

The grant will help fund advertising and marketing of the project. Wednesday afternoon representatives  gathered for a presentation at Laona.

 Sara Connor, Camp 5 Museum and Wisconsin Forestry  Museum Operator...
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Brush Run This Weekend Features Local Talent

Jun 25, 2015
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40,000 spectators are expected this weekend at The Crandon International Off-Road Raceway for their Brush Run race weekend.

We also debut a new  reporter for WXPR...Jill Zagar. She talked to a homegrown racer who has a chance to win the big race this weekend...(click headline for audio)

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Rhinelander Labyrinth Offers Metaphors for Life

Jun 24, 2015
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Recently a listener called the station to tell us about something extraordinary he’d found in the woods. Just outside of Rhinelander, at the end of a road he’d been jogging for years, someone created a labyrinth—a huge labyrinth copied from the Chartre Cathedral in France. WXPR’s Emily Bright went to check it out, and discovered some interesting metaphors for life.

Learn more about labyrinths on Warren Lynn's  website, wellfedspirit.org.

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Last week, the Oneida county board voted to oppose a change in state shoreland zoning rules put into the budget debate. Tuesday, the Vilas county board did the same thing.

The motion approved by the state budget writing Joint Finance Committee would greatly reduce the ability of local governments, mostly counties, from having shoreland rules stronger than state minimums.

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A DNR recreation warden says there's a disconnect by some members of the public between driving drunk on the roads and driving a watercraft while intoxicated. This weekend, law enforcement will be out to hammer home that there is no difference.

Friday through Sunday is the national Operation Dry Water campaign. Warden Jeff Dauterman in Antigo says alcohol is a major contributing factor in most serious recreational crashes. But he says people are aware of driving drunk on the roads, but don't carry that thought to the water...

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