Emily Bright

Feature Contributor

Emily Bright is a freelance writer, educator, and radio producer living in Eagle River. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Glances Back and the co-author of Powerful Ideas in Teaching: Creating Environments Where Students Want to Learn. Find her at www.emilykbright.com.


Students Conduct Professionals
4:36 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Very Young Composers Program Helps Kids Write Music

Kierrah Epping (student) and volunteer musician Bethany Puffer.

It’s common to find artwork created by children in the schools, but how often do students have the chance to create music? As Emily Bright found out, a program at the SOAR Charter School in Land O’Lakes allows students to do just that.The SOAR charter school is one of four schools in the country to take part in Very Young Composers, a week-long program that offers middle school students the chance to compose their own music. Students pair with local professional musicians. Northland Pines Band Director Forrest Mann says no formal music training is required. 

Read more
New EP Comes Out Friday
10:43 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Eagle River Graduate Launches Musical Career

18-year-old Madeline Consoer is releasing her new EP Friday.
Credit Submitted photo

The months after high school graduation are a big adjustment for any 18-year old. WXPR’s Emily Bright has the story of one local girl who used the time to launch a singer/songwriter career.

Seven months after graduating from Northland Pines High School Madeline Consoer was back in her old auditorium, playing piano and singing a two-hour concert Friday that included her original songs. It’s been a busy few months, says Madeline.

Read more
Arts & Life
10:11 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Snowmobile Derby Draws Fierce Competition, Camraderie

Snowmobile racers compete in the Vintage Championship races.
Credit Emily Bright

The World Championship Snowmobile Derby take places in Eagle River this weekend, with the vintage classes wrapping up last weekend.  WXPR’s Emily Bright takes a behind-the-scenes look at the camaraderie and competition of the international snowmobile races going on in our own backyard.

Read more
ATV Access Spreading in Vilas County
11:16 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Eagle River Takes Steps Toward a North-South ATV Corridor in Eagle River

ATVs will may soon be allowed on some roads in Eagle River.
Credit Robert Thigpen

Access for ATVs in Eagle River took a big step forward at last night’s city council meeting. City council voted to pursue plans for a north-south corridor for ATVs. The corridor would run from Tamarack to Railroad, then crosses to Sherburne, Adams, then Mill road. ATV-er Dick Decker says it’s about time.

Read more
Vintage Championship This Weekend
3:30 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Cold Weather Makes for Excellent Snowmobile Derby Conditions

Drivers line up for hot laps, Thursday, to test the ice before the races begin.
Credit Emily Bright


The frigid weather we've experienced lately is perfect for one group: those working hard to prepare the snowmobile track for the upcoming Vintage and World Championship races.

Read more
Snowmobile Derby Approaches
11:13 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Winter Visitors Flock To Ski and Snowmobile Trails

Trails are becoming more frozen thanks to recent subzero temperatures.
Credit Joe Ross

There wasn’t enough snow in Eagle River to build its famous ice castle this year, but there is enough to make winter recreation enthusiasts happy.  

Good snow conditions and low gas prices mean tourists are coming north to enjoy winter sports. Kim Emerson, Executive Director of the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center, says as usual over Christmas break there were many visitors out cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and, of course, snowmobiling.

Read more
Boost in exercise after New Years
3:18 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A New Year's Resolution To Lose Weight? Start Slow

Credit en.wikipedia.org

New Year’s is a time for new resolutions, and one popular resolution is to hit the gym.

Getting the first day right can make a difference says an expert.

The YMCA of the Northwoods is open on New Year’s Day, and it’s one of their largest membership drives of the year. Marketing and wellness director Chris Cook says doing that first workout right can make or break a New Year’s resolution.

Read more
Providing Temporary Shelter
3:52 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Community Support Keeps Homeless Shelter Open

A generous grant from St. Matthias Thrift Shop helped Frederick Place get a much needed new roof.
Credit NATH

It’s the holiday season and a time for giving.  That spirit of giving has a big impact year-round on Frederick Place, the temporary housing shelter in Rhinelander that serves 5 counties in the Northwoods. 

One day in November, the doorbell rang at Frederick Place. It was a 5 year-old boy, who’d come with his money to donate his $30 of birthday money to help the homeless. Heartwarming and unexpected gifts like these are starting to show up more often, says Executive Director Tammy Modic.

Read more
Providing Emergency Help
5:41 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Minocqua's Caritas Helps Fill Gaps For Those In Need

Caritas is located at 300 Arbor Vitae Street, next to St. Matthias Church in Minocqua. Hours are Tues and Thurs 9:30 – 11 a.m. and the last Saturday of each month, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Credit Emily Bright / WXPR News

There are a number of agencies in the Northwoods that help people in need, but when you’re faced with a crisis, it can be difficult to figure out where to go. Who do you call, and how do you pay for gas to get there? One Minocqua organization aims to address that challenge.

Caritas is a one-stop shop for people in Vilas and Oneida Counties in temporary urgent need of help. Run by volunteers and donations, it’s given out more than $23,000 of emergency help to over 250 people since it opened just over a year ago. Sometimes, says volunteer Laurie Glowac,

Read more
Decision to Come in January
4:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Northland Pines School Board Discusses Proposal to Combine Grades 7-12

The Northland Pines School Board met last night to discuss the proposal to move the 7th and 8th grades into the high school next year. A dozen community members weighed in with passionate opinions and prepared statements, coming down evenly for and against. Those in favor of the proposal called for people to trust the school board, such as 3rd and 4thgrade teacher Gretchen Yagow:  

Read more