Mackenzie Martin

Morning Edition Host / Features Editor

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Mackenzie joined the WXPR team in 2016 as the Operations Director and Morning Edition Host, but moved into a full-time reporting / hosting role in April 2018. Mackenzie is passionate about reporting on stories that cover the people and places of the Northwoods. If you have any ideas, shoot her an email: mackenzie@wxpr.org.

Mackenzie graduated from Macalester College in the Twin Cities in 2016 with a major in media & cultural studies. A Wausau native and radio enthusiast, she jumped at the chance to move to the Northwoods after graduation. Mackenzie's work has also been heard on Minnesota Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Jacquelyn Mitchard

A New York Times bestselling author will be giving a talk in Arbor Vitae next week. Jacquelyn Mitchard - probably best known for her book The Deep End of the Ocean - will be speaking at the Red Crown Lodge on Wednesday, May 30th. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Frank B Koller Library.

Mitchard was a Wisconsin resident for many years, working at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and living just outside of Madison.

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Every Friday, we turn back the clock on Morning Edition with local historian Gary Entz to find out what life in the Northwoods used to be like. This is part of a new initiative by WXPR to tell the history and culture of northern Wisconsin.

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In part one of our series on death care in the Northwoods, we talked to a local funeral director about green funerals and how his job has changed over the years. Today, we’ll hear about those who are choosing to have their funerals at home.

 

WXPR’s Mackenzie Martin reports.

 

 

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The death care industry has undergone a lot of changes in recent years and it’s more than just that formal burials are down and cremations are up.

In the first of a two part series about death care in the Northwoods, we’ll hear about green funerals and how the job of a local funeral director has changed. WXPR’s Mackenzie Martin reports.

So it turns out, there are a lot of options when you’re planning a funeral, a lot more than there were 20 or 25 years ago.

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Every Friday, we'll turn back the clock on Morning Edition with local historian Gary Entz to find out what life in the Northwoods used to be like. This is part of a new initiative by WXPR to tell the history and culture of northern Wisconsin.

On July 2, 1954, the citizens of Rhinelander were able to enjoy what was billed as “the last word in theater engineering.”

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Denim ‘n’ Dessert Readers Theatre is presenting the beloved comedy – Harvey – this weekend at the Presque Isle Community Center. 

Now in their 15th year, the Denim ‘n’ Dessert Readers Theatre group in Presque Isle has produced over 35 productions, run completely by volunteers. Unlike traditional reader’s theater groups, the performances are complete with sets, sounds, and costumes.

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Boat Patrol stopped by the WXPR studios ahead of their show at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander. Boat Patrol is Cai Mountjoy (Bass), Daleth Mountjoy (Keys), and Evan Verploegh (Drums).

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The Board of Directors of WXPR Public Radio are pleased to announce that Jessie Dick has been selected as Station Manager. Dick has been working at WXPR for over 14 years, most recently as the Marketing Director and Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Governor Walker signed a school safety bill into law today,
  • the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas needs volunteers,
  • a comment period is underway on the use of a herbicide in cranberry marshes,
  • Wisconsin's public sector employment isn't as large as you might think,
  • and some Wisconsin beekeepers have lost 80% of their bees.

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Have you ever felt like you’re talking to someone, but they just aren’t reading your body language?

The New York based dance company the Equus Projects will be performing “The Breaking Ring” at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander this weekend and they’ve made a name for themselves by listening and responding to the way humans — and horses — move.

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A Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate thinks the court has skewed too far to aiding large and wealthy interests at the expense of average citizens. Madison attorney Tim Burns campaigned in the Northwoods last week.

He says the state Supreme Court has a real impact..

"....the Supreme Court takes 40, 50, 60 cases a year. Only a third of them are criminal cases. The rest are cases in which they shape our economy, and our political system. They've been shading it in favor of concentrated corporate wealth instead of small farms, small businesses and workers...."

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A bill spurred by a nationwide push to get more people with disabilities employed recently received a public hearing in both houses of the Wisconsin  legislature.

Called "Employment First", the legislation requires the several agencies that work with people with disabilities to collaborate better and develop a joint plan to assist people with disabilities to find employment in the community.

The Senate sponsor of the bill is Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst. He outlines how the bill works... 

The Rhinelander Mayoral Candidate Forum was held Wednesday night, hosted by the Northwoods Tobacco Free Coalition and Northwoods Community Outreach Prevention and Education (COPE). Both host organizations and audience members asked questions.

As the only candidate officially running for mayor of the City of Rhinelander, Alex Young did most of the talking.

Amber Weldon, Marshfield Clinic

Today on WXPR, we look at drugs, specifically opioids and other drugs that are the focus of physicians, law enforcement and the public.

Locally, several organizations have put an emphasis on public awareness and curbing the use of prescription drugs to deal with patients' medical pain. To understand the opioid situation in the Northwoods, WXPR's Ken Krall has put together a forum with several people who work with patients in various ways.

For more information on the HOPE Consortium and the conference coming up on August 24, visit www.hopeconsortium.org

Pert Near Sandstone

This weekend, WXPR is happy to sponsor Minneapolis based bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone at the Nicolet College theater in Rhinelander.

Evan Verploegh got a chance to talk to Nate Sipe from Pert Near Sandstone ahead of their Saturday night debut.

Evan Verploegh writes about arts and culture for the Lakeland Times.

 

Pert Near Sandstone will be performing at Nicolet college this Saturday night at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at WXPR.org.

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