Mackenzie Martin

Morning Edition Host/Features Editor

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Mackenzie came to WXPR in 2016 as the Operations Director and Morning Edition Host, but moved into a full-time reporting, editing, and hosting role in April 2018. Mackenzie is passionate about reporting and editing stories that cover interesting people and places in the Northwoods for WXPR's We Live Up Here series. 

In 2019, Mackenzie won four awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, including two 1st place awards for Best Web Story and Best Interview.

Mackenzie graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, with a major in media & cultural studies. She's originally from Wausau, WI. Mackenzie's work has also been heard on Minnesota Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.

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In this week's A Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tell us how the city of Rhinelander got its name.

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When was the last time you intentionally took a break during the day? Fika Bakery & Coffee in Three Lakes gets its name from the traditional Swedish coffee break known as fika and the woman behind it thinks you should take more of them.

Mackenzie Martin continues our We Live Up Here series this week with the story.

Coffee breaks are and have always been an important part of life in many countries. In the U.S., we often use coffee as a stimulant to get us going in the morning or to refuel us midday.

  

  • It’s Data Privacy day and an official says you might not be as safe online as you think,
  • a meeting tonight in Rhinelander is designed to help people stay away from Diabetes,
  • and a firefighter was injured in a weekend house fire in Prentice.

  • Northern Wisconsin is dealing with a shortage of EMS providers,
  • January is Stalking Awareness Month and a local agency is here to help,
  • Marshfield Clinic is offering a way to lose weight this year,
  • Wisconsin continues to consider medical Marijuana,
  • and it's also Glaucoma Awareness Month.

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During the Great Depression, there was what was known as a hobo jungle in Rhinelander.

This Saturday, January 12th, ArtStart Rhinelander is holding a community event to remember it. The event ties in nicely with Dark Airing, an art exhibit on display at ArtStart through January 12th that features symbols hobos used back in the day to communicate with one another.

  • Tony Evers becomes Wisconsin's 46th governor today,
  • Mike McCabe, who ran against Tony Evers in the primary, speaks to Ken Krall about the change in Wisconsin politics,
  • and January is blood donor month and the need for local Northwoods blood is critical.

For the last two years, Mary Burns’ exhibit featuring weavings of ancestral women of Wisconsin’s 12 tribes has been traveling around the area. Thanks to a group of women from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians though, the exhibit is now being brought to life.

Mackenzie Martin continues our We Live Up Here series with the story of 22 weavings and one theater performance that together are celebrating native women in Wisconsin.

  • Human remains have been found after a house fire in Langlade County,
  • Don't drive drunk this New Year's Eve, there are free rides available in much of the Northwoods,
  • If an animal or plant is not on the invasive species list, you can put it here,
  • and we have the winners and losers from the signing of the Farm Bill.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national effort from StoryCorps that aims to help young people—and people of all ages—to create an oral history of the United States by recording an interview with an elder.

This year, as part of a partnership with WXPR, classes of freshmen at Rhinelander High School participated in the national effort for the first time.

Suzanne Flory

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national effort from StoryCorps that aims to help young people—and people of all ages—to create an oral history of the United States by recording an interview with an elder.

This year, as part of a partnership with WXPR, classes of freshmen at Rhinelander High School participated in the national effort for the first time.

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For many children, writing a letter to Santa has always been an important part of this time of the year.

Back in 1929 though, the letters reflected hardships in Rhinelander families. Gary Entz remembers those families this week as part of our continued series A Northwoods Moment in History.

Thanks to Liana Teter, Brynn Teter, and Cooper Dick for reading the letters from 1929.

  • Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is emerging as Wisconsin's most powerful Republican,
  • A man from the Town of Wien fell through the ice on a pond on Sunday,
  • More law enforcement is watching as the state beings a drunk driving crackdown,
  • Volunteer Drivers are needed for Oneida County Meals On Wheels,
  • and applications are being accepted to be artist-in-residence at UW-Trout Lake Station.

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On Thursday, December 6th, Finns around the world celebrated Finland’s Independence Day. The day marks Finland’s declaration of independence from Russia in 1917. It’s a holiday that we also celebrate here in the Northwoods, because of how much Finnish heritage we have.

At Ponsse North America in Rhinelander they celebrated the day as well, since Ponsse was started in Finland. Mackenzie Martin has the story.

Marshfield Clinic

A local cancer survivor and former healthcare worker is giving back to the community this January by organizing a charity event. Mackenzie Martin reports.

Debbie Rohowetz and the Minocqua Forest Riders are organizing the first annual “Northwoods Cruise for Cancer” snowmobile ride.

Rohowetz was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 when she was living in St. Louis and about to retire to the Northwoods. She was so impressed with the treatment she received at Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center when she moved to Hazelhurst that she now wants to give back to her new community.

  • Congressman Sean Duffy says a wolf de-listing bill will be put in the big budget bill next month,
  • It's the time of year to help out next year's endangered Monarch butterflies,
  • and after a trial run last year, Lights of the Northwoods will soon be back.

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