Local Features

Our Forests and Sustainability

Jul 12, 2016

  For this month’s edition of Field Notes, Scott Bowe of Kemp Natural Resources Station talks about the importance of the forest industry and the ecological role it plays when it comes to our forest’s well-being.  

Scott Bowe has taken over Tom Steele’s position at Kemp Station as well as his position in the rotation for Field Notes.

Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

A new voice will be added to WXPR's airwaves soon.

Scott Bowe has taken over Tom Steele's position as Superintendent of Kemp Natural Resources Station, and he's  taking over Steele's spot for the monthly saga Field Notes. Bowe stopped by the studios last week to record his first episode. Miranda Vander Leest caught up with Bowe about his new on-air and off-air duties. 

Tune in Tuesday, July 12 at 7:45 and 5:45 for Scott Bowe's first episode of WXPR's monthly commentary Field Notes. 

Adventures at the Camp 5 Museum in Laona

Jul 6, 2016
Anna Catlin

The Vulcan Steam Train in Laona celebrated it’s 100th birthday last weekend. Anna Catlin experienced first hand the Camp 5 Museum and the Vulcan in all it’s glory. She spoke to visitors and president of the Camp 5 Museum Foundation, Cate Dellin.










As the doors of Many Ways of Peace in downtown Eagle River closed this past week another door opened for founder Mary Jo Berner. Anna Catlin went to the closing ceremony last Tuesday and talked to both Mary Jo and many of her dedicated friends, and members of Many Ways of Peace.




  Boulder Junction’s main street is a little brighter thanks to a new mural showcasing the Northwoods.

The mural is being painted on the exterior wall of Badger Heating and Cooling.

The nearly 100 foot piece has been in the planning stages for several years and will be one of the largest public art pieces in town. The completed mural will feature four season activities and wildlife in Boulder Junction.

Northwoods Native Keegan Kincaid Speeds Through Crandon

Jun 30, 2016

It’s a phenomenon that started nearly a decade ago in the backwoods of Northwest Wisconsin that’s evolved into a major stop in the Northwood’s off-road racing calendar. The Crandon International Off-Road Raceway is a short course, off-road race track where thousands of people gather to watch the best racers around the country compete. Crandon’s brush run was last weekend, and WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest toured the grounds and met up with a familiar Northwoods face.

Keegan Kincaid placed second in Sunday’s PRO 2 race and won first place in the Community Cup.

School of the Arts Revival Possible?

Jun 28, 2016

 Rhinelander artists and enthusiasts alike are trying to bring the School of the Arts back to the Northwoods after it was shut down last year. Anna Catlin has more on that story…


More information on the Northern National Art Competition is available on Nicolet College’s website.




Father's Day, June 19, Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation is presenting the Blue Canvas Orchestra in Concert at Dillman's Bay Resort in Lac du Flambeau. WXPR is a co-sponsor of the event. The Blue Canvas Orchestra is a weekly musical feature of "Tent Show Radio" heard Saturday evenings at 10 p.m. on WXPR. Ken Krall talks to a person who is inviting the public to come and enjoy...

Ken Krall with Dennis Robertson from Dillmans' Creative Arts Foundation. This feature was mixed by WXPR's Mackenzie Martin.


In this month’s edition of Field Notes, Trout Lake Station Biologist Susan Knight talks about her frustrating project with aquatic invasive species control. 

Ida Nemec, Ojibway Stories.

It's as E-Z as 1-2-3, Eat!

Jun 6, 2016

 Imagine not being able to eat handheld foods like pizza or sandwiches. 78 year old Jack Chopin of Eagle River has gone for nearly 20 years without being able to feed himself, but a new invention has given him freedom and credibility. For more information visit e-zeat.com

Miranda Vander Leest has that story...

Bob Willging

The nine day Wisconsin deer season opened on Saturday and across Wisconsin family and friends gathered at deer camps to pursue one of Wisconsin’s most enduring traditions.  In today’s History Afield writer Bob Willging tells us about an early deer hunting lodge that once existed in Vilas County.

Frog Songs and Ecosystem Resilience

May 18, 2016