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 as part of her We Live Up Here series. If you have any ideas for a story you think she should cover, shoot her an email: mackenzie@wxpr.org.

Mackenzie graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, in 2016 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.

The Occult Museum

It's no secret that Wisconsin is full of famously haunted houses.

This week on a Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about Summerwind Mansion in Vilas County.

Summerwind mansion in Vilas County regularly shows up on lists of the most haunted places in Wisconsin.  The ghost stories surrounding Summerwind are only legend and hearsay, and none can be corroborated with independent evidence.  The mansion was real and interesting in its own right, but the tales of disembodied spirits and eerie organ music only add to the fascination of the place.

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For baseball fans, the World Series represents the best of times. 

For one Milwaukee native and longtime Northwoods summer resident, the championship baseball series represents something much more… the memories of having played in the World Series.

Meet number 10, Tony Kubek, of the New York Yankees. WXPR’s Dave Daniels has the story.

  • We hear about the upcoming referendum vote from Rhinelander's Superintendent of Schools,
  • WPS is asking customers to contact them to find out about energy assistance,
  • Incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers had their first televised debate,
  • Counties are pushing the legislature to change Wisconsin's marijuana laws.

Circle of Life Studio

Mottainai is a Japanese term that conveys a sense of regret over waste. It translates roughly to “what a waste.”

It’s also the theme of local artist Debra Ketchum Jircik’s artist residency at the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River, where she’s been holding workshops since the end of August.

Ahead of her talk at the library on Friday, October 19th, Mackenzie Martin talked to her about her work during the residency and how it was inspired by a trip she took to Japan.

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Downtown Rhinelander used to be very different.

This week on a Northwoods Moment in History, Gary Entz tells us about a fall festival that happened there in 1934.

  • The debate between incumbent U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Republican challenger Leah Vukmir Saturday night in Wausau turned testy at times...
  • Governor Scott Walker stopped in Eagle River and Tomahawk on Sunday...
  • A group of Crandon business owners are circling a petition in hopes that the WI Dept. of Transportation will pay for flawed sidewalks downtown...
  • and the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas is looking for volunteers in the Northwoods.

WBAY TV

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.

  • The Northwoods United Way begins its 2018 funding campaign,
  • Rhinelander is asking for funding of a major project next year,
  • unemployment remains at historic lows,
  • and Governor Walker says if he wins re-election, it will be his final term as Wisconsin governor.

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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.

Kate Zambon

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 over 60 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.

Kate Zambon

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 north the last week of July every year for over 60 years. Kate Zambon recently asked some of them to interview each other at Holiday Acres 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.

Kate Zambon

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 over 60 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.

  • The WI Dept. of Corrections failed to notify proper authorities about a problem at Lincoln Hills for two and half years,
  • Today is Suicide Prevention Day and there is help for those that need it,
  • The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce has a positive tourism report,
  • and scammers are back to prey on older citizens.

Mackenzie Martin

Northern Wisconsin is full of many different types of wild mushrooms in September. Some edible, some poisonous, and everything in between. How to tell the differences between them is in the details.

Mackenzie Martin went into the woods to learn more.

We’re looking for mushrooms in the forest at Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff and someone just found chaga. It’s a type of mushroom that you can make tea out of. It typically grows on birch trees.

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