Local Features


Mar 20, 2017

Decisions, decisions… We make hundreds of them every day. The more reasonable we can be, the better our decision, right?

In this month’s installment of BrainWaves, Molly Rose Teuke decides to explore that very question.

Her conclusion might surprise you: Don’t be too quick to discount your intuition.

Molly Rose Teuke is happy she can make a real job out of her abiding curiosity about how our brains work. She is a certified brain-based coach and trainer helping people master the art and science of personal change.


Feb 20, 2017

There’s an old saying that our natures are all alike; it’s our habits that distinguish us.

Today in our new monthly feature called BrainWaves, Thursday Midday Classics host Molly Rose Teuke takes us on a guided tour through habits — what are they, how do they work, and why should we care?

Cancer Survivor Takes Back Her Body

Feb 8, 2017
Miranda Vander Leest


   A Northwoods breast cancer survivor has taken her body back thanks to a local workout program. WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest has that story…

Gloria Baker says after her 12 weeks are up with the LiveStrong Program, she will continue her workout routine on her own.

The LiveStrong Program has been around since 2007 and is part of the YMCA’s annual support campaign. Marilyn Duschl says about 12 people go through the free program each year.

If you have listened to a few of these “Field Notes," you know that I often manage to screw up while out doing field work.  There was the time I got slammed onto the ice when my ice auger suddenly broke through, giving me a spectacular black eye. I once left a canoe near shore and, after taking all of my heavy equipment out, allowed the boat to drift off across the lake. Another time, I was SCUBA diving and stupidly ran out of air, scaring myself to death.

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.

Local Band Enjoys Unexpected Shot at Music Career

Jan 30, 2017
Miranda Vander Leest

  A Rhinelander music group is using their background of failed musical attempts as fuel for a second shot at a music "career." WXPR’s Miranda Vander Leest has that story…


Members of Mr. Boyko include Bill Padgett, Tony Hjelle, Jason Lowry, Melissa Salaam, John Scheuer, Brett Petrick and Buck Kipper.

It’s that time of year when we’re wondering if we can get our brains in gear to help us keep those new year’s resolutions. In his 2001 classic, A Users Guide to the Brain, neuropsychiatrist Dr. John Ratey wrote, “Our own free will may be the strongest force directing the development of our brains, and therefore our lives.”

In the first episode of our new monthly feature — BrainWaves — WXPR’s classical music host and brain-based coach Molly Rose Teuke says it’s not hard to use your free will to build yourself a better brain.

In this month’s installment of Field Notes, Scott Bowe of Kemp Natural Resources Station explains how trees survive brutal winters…

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.