The Importance of Antlers

Nov 30, 2017

You may well find deer antlers beautiful, but how much do you think about them—a little or a lot?

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about the importance of antlers.

Antlers are extremely important. They are important to deer, to be certain, but they are important to hunters as well. If you took someone who knew absolutely nothing about deer or deer hunting and asked them to study deer and the people who hunt them, there is a fair chance they would come to the conclusion that the antler is the primary goal of the harvest.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the death of a Hazelhurst woman this week does not appear suspicious.

62 -year- old Margie Hurula was reported missing Sunday.

Hurula was found in a wooded area near her home when it appears she fell down a steep embankment.

A press release reports the preliminary investigation indicates her death is not suspicious and foul play is not suspected.

In 1983, November was designated as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. It also has been designated as National Caregivers Month. Today we bring to you a discussion on a disease that increasingly affects more Americans as the overall population ages, and how families and others work to help the person affected. Ken Krall, News Director at WXPR was the moderator. There was a panel of experts who work each day with patients and families and people who have directly been affected who gathered at the WXPR studios. The panelists introduced themselves...

Wisconsin DNR

A visitor from the far north of Canada is visiting Wisconsin from now into our springtime.

Ornithologists are noting a large influx, or an 'irruption' of snowy owls into the Northwoods. The heaviest of all North American owls, tipping the scales at 3 to 6 pounds, their bright white plumage, large yellow eyes, massive feathered feet attract attention.

The latest state unemployment numbers show only three of Wisconsin's counties to be above 4 percent unemployment. Economists often point to four percent unemployment as statistically near full employment.

Menominee county has the state's highest rate at 4.8 percent, followed by Iron county at 4.4 and Forest county at 4.1 percent.

68  Wisconsin counties now are below four percent unemployment.

State labor economist Mitchell Rupp in Wausau says the numbers reflect the needs of businesses....


Rhinelander School District is offering the public an expanded chance to learn and do in its state-of-the-art Fab Lab.

A fabrication laboratory is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication. The lab is typically equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools covering several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make technology-enabled products.

School district spokesperson Mike Cheslock says it's a more in-depth approach...

Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

For the seventh year in a row, the state Tourism Department is heading up a collection of winter clothing items for those in need.

The "Big Bundle Up" campaign encourages Wisconsinites to donate gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, coats, and other warm winter  gear. Drop off sites have opened, and they'll keep collecting things through January second.

The Minocqua Chamber of Commerce is one drop off site. Chamber Director Krystal Westfahl says they work with local groups...

Holiday Programming

Nov 29, 2017


Season's Greetings! 

On behalf of the staff, volunteers, and board of WXPR, thank you for your support this year.  You make WXPR possible!  We look forward to serving you with news and great music in 2018.

Jeff Baenen/AP

The Writer’s Almanac will no longer air on WXPR. Minnesota Public Radio has discontinued production of the program due to the recent allegations and subsequent firing of Garrison Keillor.

Statement from Minnesota Public Radio (APM)

The Forest County District Attorney has determined no action will be taken against a Crandon police officer involved in a fatal shooting, determining the actions by the officer were justified.

D.A. Charles Simino said after reviewing all the evidence and witness statements that officer Ryan Wilson used reasonable force in an act of self-defense.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The body of a missing Hazelhurst woman has been found.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports searchers found the body of 62 year old Margie Hurula Tuesday. Hurula had been reported missing on Sunday. She was last seen near county "Y".

The Oneida County Medical Examiner is investigating the death. No other details were released. sbtlneet

November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation.

Recently, a panel convened at the WXPR studios to talk about the disease that has more than 5 million Americans living with it, and being cared for by family and others. By 2050, the number of Alzheimer's patients could rise to 16 million. This year, the cost of Alzheimers is around $259 billion dollars and by 2050, could rise to $1 trillion.

MINOCQUA – A three-year commitment to host two charter schools for those living with autism in 7th-12th grades will cost Lakeland area schools $2.1 million, according to a financial projection prepared by school officials.