Local Features

Bob Mainhardt

Tonight is the 2016 annual candlelight ski at the Rhinelander Community Trails at Rhinelander High School.

While today Rhinelander has a fairly prominent Nordic skiing program, it has ebbed and flowed over the years. Mackenzie Martin got a chance to delve into the history of Nordic skiing in Rhinelander ahead of tonight’s event.

You will hear from Rhinelander High School Nordic Coach Charil Reis, Rhinelander Middle School Nordic Coach Jim Wood, and Bryan Fish, the U.S. Ski Team Development Coach.

Resolve to get Outdoors

Dec 29, 2016

  We kick off 2017 the same way we kick off most new years—with resolutions. I think it is human nature to overreach on trying to improve ourselves, especially when we take our families into consideration. In 2011 I attempted to improve my family’s financial situation. I made some spending changes, liquidated some belongings on an online auction. But then my take-home pay was cut by my employer and any footing I gained was quickly lost. The next year, I set my goal low—to reduce coffee consumption to two mugs a day. Success!

Northwoods Teen's Christmas Wish Becomes Reality

Dec 22, 2016
Miranda Vander Leest

  A Northwoods teen got what he asked for for Christmas thanks to doctors, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and dozens of local volunteers.

Eric Hedberg of Land O’ Lakes was diagnosed in 2004 with Gitelman syndrome, a disease that affects the kidneys and its ability to produce magnesium and potassium; two key elements for brain and muscle function.

Venomous Critters in the Northwoods?

Dec 15, 2016

Kids With Autism Pair With Horses For Therapy

Dec 14, 2016

A Northwoods woman mentors  kids on the autism spectrum through a horse riding program. Miranda Vander Leest has that story…

Lenelle Scholl works with kids of all ages and abilities and kids at risk. Her riding program isn’t active during the winter months, but Lenelle and her team of 22 volunteers travel around the Northwoods as program advocates.

Lenelle is kicking off a campaign next month to raise money for a new barn and arena.

Visit her website for more information. 

Turning the Tide on Declining Wildlife Numbers

Dec 8, 2016

The online wildlife community has recently been buzzing about the most recent results of the Living Planet Index, a study done cooperatively by World Wildlife Foundation and the Zoological Society of London. The LPI examines populations of over 3,000 species of fish, wildlife, and birds around the globe and compares them to actual or estimated population levels from 1970. According to this study, the global population of wildlife has dropped by more than half in that time span, and by 2020 those population levels will be one-third of what they were in 1970.

Susan Knight

In this month's installment of Field Notes, Susan Knight of Trout Lake Station pushes back the frontier of science...

Local Musicians Hold Benefit for Standing Rock

Nov 29, 2016

  Local musicians will stand in solidarity with tribal people Friday night to honor and raise money for the protesters standing at the frontline of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Paco Fralick is one of the organizers and is an Ojibwe singer/songwriter. He will sing songs like “Where Were You?” that raise questions about the environment and our responsibility to preserve it for generations to come.

Oh Deer

Nov 21, 2016

Saturday was the gun-deer season opener, and one Northwoods man recalls an experience similar to the popular song “Da Turdy Point Buck,”  WXPR’s Dave Havel shares his story…


This week the Northwoods have been privy to a very unique international tour.

South African musician Lorraine Klaasen and her ensemble have spent the week touring around northern Wisconsin ahead of her show this Saturday night, Nov. 19th at the Nicolet College Theatre.

WXPR’s Mackenzie Martin has the story.

November is Native American Heritage Month, and is a time dedicated to acknowledging the contributions of the Native people while raising awareness to the issues and challenges their culture faces. Bad River tribal member Dona Gilane Yahola talked with WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest about what the battle at the frontline of the Dakota Access Pipeline is like…

Northwoods Tribe Celebrates Unity in Honor of Standing Rock

Nov 15, 2016
Miranda Vander Leest

Students at the Lac du Flambeau Community College put on a bake sale Tuesday in honor of Standing Rock Awareness day. November 15 is a day dedicated to solidarity as indigenous communities and landowners fight on the frontlines of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Dona Gilane Yahola is part of the Bad River Ojibwe Tribe and works as the outreach coordinator for the community college. She says the community celebrated the day by raising money for winter and camping supplies to bring to water protectors who are on the front…

Local Veteran Surprised with Honor Flight Trip

Nov 11, 2016
Miranda Vander Leest

Tom Rudolph is a Korean War vet and served in the Army in 1953 and 1954. He lived in Minnesota at the time of his service, but has otherwise lived in Rhinelander and was a research scientist at the forestry sciences lab. To thank him for his service, students and staff at Pelican Elementary put on a popcorn fundraiser to send him on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. They surprised him this morning at their annual Veteran’s Day program. Rudolph says he never saw it coming…

 “..I never expected anything like this…I came

Under the Big Pine

Nov 8, 2016

In this month’s edition of Field Notes, Scott Bowe from the University of Madison’s Kemp Natural Resources Station schools us about what “under the big pine” really means…