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 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.

The newly renovated Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl in Lac du Flambeau recently began its summertime tradition of hosting weekly powwows.

These powwows are usually held on Tuesday evenings. The only exception from now through August is the powwow this week, which will be held on Wednesday, July 4th.

Tribal member Melissa Doud says the 4th of July is one of Lac du Flambeau’s biggest tourism days. There will be a parade at noon and the powwow will start at 7:30 p.m.

If you’ve ever wanted to see what a real live cranberry marsh is like, you have a lot of chances to see it in person this summer. 

The Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce and Cranberry Growers Association are kicking off their summertime cranberry tours this week. Starting this Friday, July 6th, there will be a free 1-hour tour at 10:00 a.m. every Friday through October 5th.

Executive Director at the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce Sarah Pischer says the cranberry growing season is really a season that happens all year round.

The Healing Nature Center

In Japan, part of their national health program is called Shinrin-yoku, which is loosely translated as “forest bathing.” The idea behind it is that forests are the original antidote to stress and stress-related illness. Researchers claim that forest bathing can actually lower your blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and some stress hormones.

ArtStart Rhinelander

Fridays in downtown Rhinelander will include more live music starting in late July.

ArtStart Rhinelander located at 68 South Stevens Street has just built a brand new outdoor stage in the back of their building and they have plans for a six week concert series, to be held outside during the lunch hour.

Program & Operations Director Ashley McLaughlin says the concerts will start in late July and be held throughout all of August.

United States Bureau of American Ethnology - Indian Land Cessions in the United States, 1784 to 1894 / Wikimedia Commons

This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz explains the Treaty of St. Peters and how it affects us in the Northwoods today.

A Northland Pines High School graduate will be in the Northwoods for the next 10 days talking about his project helping women veterans of war heal through song.

Jason Moon will be promoting the album Women At War: Warrior Songs Vol. 2, which is to be released in November. The album is a project of the non-profit organization Warrior Songs and consists of pairing up women veterans with women songwriters to help them translate their experiences into song. This is the organization’s second project of this nature, but the first album focusing only on women veterans.

This Saturday, June 30th, “Families Belong Together” marches are planned around the country (and the globe) to tell President Donald Trump and his administration that it is not okay to separate kids from their parents. Though progress on the issue has been made, marches are still being held.

Locally, the Northwoods Progressives, the Democratic Party of Vilas County, and the Northern Highland LGBTQ are hosting a Families Belong Together march in Minocqua to bring awareness to the issue.


In the days leading up to the 4th of July, those around the country will be preparing by purchasing fireworks for home use. Typically this is a beloved part of the holiday, but a local wildlife rehabilitation center is warning the public to adjust the way they celebrate, or skip it altogether.

Director of Rehabilitation at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander Mark Naniot says it's not just pets that freak out during annual firework celebrations, fireworks have dangerous effects on local wildlife.

Northwoods Pride Festival

The second annual Northwoods Pride Festival was held in Arbor Vitae last Saturday. The festival was sponsored by the Northwoods Progressives and Northern Highland LGBTQ.  

The event included a potluck, live music, and a drag show, among other events. There were also resources available such as free HIV / AIDS testing, behavioral health counselors, and voter registration.

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This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz takes us back to a rather curious bank robbery that took place in Antigo in 1888.

When we hear stories of bank robberies many people automatically think about tales of the Old West or perhaps the gangsters of the 1930s.  However, bank robberies happened in other times and other places as well, and one curious Northwoods bank robbery took place in Antigo during the year 1888.

Dorothy Ferguson / Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz takes us back to 1905 and tells us the story of a bindlestiff named Frank Lamperer, who benefitted from the kindness of the people in Rhinelander.

Jacob Shultz

This is the story of two ambulances and a resident in Boulder Junction who felt compelled to help out a small Alaskan town a few weeks ago.


WXPR’s Mackenzie Martin takes it from there.

Living in the Northwoods, we often feel like we live in small towns.

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This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz takes us back to 1931, when an air show was held in Rhinelander.

Air shows where aircraft are exhibited, air races are run, and acrobatic demonstrations take place are still staged in many venues around the world, but they used to be a common occurrence in small towns across America.  In the early days of flying, fixed base operators and aviators would use air shows to bring people out to the local airfield and drum up business for the fledgling aviation industry.


Nationally, plastic straws are being phased out because of their environmental impact. Some cities have even banned them. Locally, the anti-straw movement is also catching on here in the Northwoods.

Sandy Buss at Briar House in Rhinelander says they’ve been trying to reduce their use of plastic straws by offering the choice of paper straws, but they’ve gotten mixed reactions from customers.

"Some of them do not like them at all and will not be using them," says Buss. "Then some of our customers are just thrilled that we're going with this option."

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CORRECTION: The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee is hosting a public hearing Wednesday evening at Rhinelander High School. The meeting is to gather input concerning state-mandated changes in county mining rules. Earlier we reported there would be two mining hearings, but there is only one public hearing about mining, at 6 p.m. at the high school. The other meeting is a routinely scheduled afternoon public hearing on other topics related to Oneida County Planning and Development. We regret any inconvenience.