Local Features

In addition to the local news, WXPR Public Radio also likes to find stories that are outside the general news cycle... Listen below to stories about people, culture, and art in the Northwoods that go a little deeper than a traditional news story allows us to do.

These features are also available as a podcast by searching "WXPR Local Features" wherever you get your podcasts.

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If you are familiar with Oneida County, you've probably heard the name Pelican more than one time.

This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us about the name Pelican and its history in the Northwoods.

Susan Knight

In this month's episode of Field Notes, Susan Knight of UW-Madison’s Trout Lake Station describes an unusual growth pattern of an aquatic plant, reminiscent of mushroom fairy rings.

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We all need a hint or a pointer now and then.

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist shares some insight as he discusses the annual influx of requests for good places to hunt.

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This week on a Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us how television came to be in the Northwoods.

Television is such a part of our everyday lives that most of us don’t think twice about it.  With cable, satellite, and Internet streaming services, we have hundreds of news and entertainment choices available twenty-four hours a day.  In addition, if we can’t find something we like, we can always pop something in the DVD or Blu-ray player.  It wasn’t always this way, and earlier generations would have marveled at such modern conveniences.

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What is it with dogs and playing fetch?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist relates his own dogs’ fetching instincts to their ancestral roles and the masters they served.

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The Bearskin State Trail in Oneida County is a popular destination today.

As part of our series A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about how it's changed over the years.

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Have you ever seen a cradle knoll? Do you know how they form, or their importance on the landscape? That is the subject of this week’s episode of Wildlife Matters.

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Summer tourism in the Northwoods is ending and some of our seasonal residents are leaving the Northwoods for their permanent homes elsewhere.

At Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, a dedicated group of family and friends have been coming up the last week of July every year for almost 50 years. Holiday Acres recently asked some of them to interview each other about what that tradition and the Northwoods as a whole means to them.

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The name Frederick S. Robbins might ring a bell for those in the Rhinelander area.

As part of our continued series A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz has the story of his life.

Frederick S. Robbins is a fairly well-known name in Rhinelander history.  He came to the city in 1886, built a sawmill in 1887, and ran the Robbins Lumber Company for many years.  Robbins lived an active and adventurous life, but what is less well-known is how tough and vigorous he really was.

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Do turkeys eat grouse? Why are some areas that used to have more grouse seeing more turkeys and less grouse?

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist tackles these questions.

I have often heard people blame turkeys for reduced grouse numbers in Wisconsin. Are turkeys rampaging across the countryside, gobbling up any other game birds in their path? Or could there be another explanation?

Holiday Acres Resort

Summer tourism in the Northwoods is ending and some of our seasonal residents are leaving the Northwoods for their permanent homes elsewhere.

At Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, a dedicated group of family and friends have been coming up the last week of July every year for almost 50 years. Holiday Acres recently asked some of them to interview each other about what that tradition and the Northwoods as a whole means to them.

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In 1926, four Chicago gangsters fled to the Northwoods.

Just ahead, Gary Entz tells us exactly what transpired as part of our continued series, A Northwoods Moment in History.

On August 6, 1926, John “Mittens” Foley was gunned down on the corner of Richmond and Sixty-fifth Street in Chicago in a syndicate fight over beer trafficking.  The four assailants escaped in a large touring car with enlarged cylinders.  In other words, a car geared to racing speed.  That car was soon spotted driving around the town of Tomahawk.

Scott Bowe

In this month's installment of Field Notes, Scott Bowe of Kemp Station discusses Milkweed in Wisconsin.

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