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.

Crandon Public Library

The Crandon Public Library is challenging you to “go wild” this month.

The idea behind “30 Days Wild” is to do something every day during the month of June that makes you feel happier, healthier, and more connected to nature.

Crandon Public Library Director Stephanie Schmidt says getting outside improves your physical and mental health.

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Temperatures in the Northwoods have been unusually high for this time of the year. Appropriately, Governor Scott Walker has declared Wednesday, June 6th as “Heat Awareness Day.”

Dawn Robinson is a Program Assistant at Oneida County Emergency Management, and she says having a day set aside is a good reminder.

"It's a time to focus on what is it we need to do to keep ourselves safe, our families, our neighbors," Robinson says. "Just to make sure everyone knows what to do."

Scott Spoolman

Two events next week will highlight how exactly Wisconsin’s beautiful natural sceneries came to be.

Author and former DNR journalist Scott Spoolman will be speaking about Wisconsin’s geology in Manitowish Waters and Minocqua early next week.

His latest book, Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History, takes you to twenty-eight parks, forests, and natural areas where evidence of the state’s striking geologic and natural history are on display. Evidence of volcanoes, mountains, ancient seas, and glacial activity are all included.

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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.

Jay Woolf

A local author who wrote a book about how to use humor to your advantage in a difficult situation will be speaking in Boulder Junction.

Jay Woolf, author of It IS a Laughing Matter, will speak at the Boulder Junction Public Library Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m.

Thirty years ago, Woolf was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Before he was diagnosed, he knew something was horribly wrong. Humor is what helped him get through it.

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There’s a new type of open mic coming to the Northwoods community Wednesday, May 30th. 

The evening of performances at ArtStart in Rhinelander is called In Progress to encourage people to share things that aren’t quite done yet. The whole idea is to build a community that can support each other’s artistic endeavors as well as give constructive feedback. That being said, presenting finished or published works is also encouraged.

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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.

Issues of immigration, military conflicts overseas, and how we honor veterans are current topics of political debate, but this is nothing new.  Consider the case of Rhinelander resident Elwood Smith.

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.

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