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. 

Mackenzie's work has also been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's All Things Considered, Minnesota Public Radio, and Wisconsin Public Radio. In 2019, Mackenzie won four awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, including two 1st place awards for Best Interview and Best Web Story.

Mackenzie holds an undergraduate degree in media & cultural studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She's originally from Wausau, Wisconsin.

ArtStart Rhinelander

Registration is still open for ArtStart Rhinelander’s 2018 School of the Arts Legacy Program to be held at Treehaven near Tomahawk.

School of the Arts will be held from September 27 – 30 and feature classes that focus on art, nature, writing, film, pottery, poetry, painting, playwriting, dance, and more.

Local author Victoria Houston will be giving the keynote address at this year’s School of the Arts.

  • Early Polling Shows Tight Races For Governor, U.S. Senate
  • Madison Drivers Warned About Additional Street Flooding
  • DNR to Investigate Ruffed Grouse Population for West Nile Virus
  • Downtown Rhinelander Parking Concerns Brought to City Committee

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The number of ruffed grouse in Wisconsin has declined and some are concerned West Nile virus is to blame. In response to these concerns, the Wisconsin DNR is kicking off a monitoring program this fall.

DNR upland wildlife ecologist Mark Witecha says they’re collaborating with natural resource agencies in Minnesota and Michigan, the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, but they also need help from hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.

  • A crow in Vilas County has tested positive for West Nile virus,
  • The Wisconsin DNR and Conservation Congress hosted a public meeting to discuss CWD in Lincoln County,
  • A state of emergency has been declared in Dane County,
  • Those interested in foraging for wild mushrooms can attend a unique festival in Woodruff this weekend,
  • Notice your car isn’t covered with bugs? That might be tied to sharp drops in flying insect-eating bird populations,
  • Speaker Vos is "shocked" by Governor Walker's refusal to visit state prisons.

Crow in Vilas Co. Dies from West Nile Virus

Aug 22, 2018 Schwarzenarzisse

The Vilas County Public Health Department is reporting that a dead crow found in Vilas County on August 11 has tested positive for West Nile virus.

This is the first bird that has tested positive for West Nile virus in Vilas County this year.

It's not the first bird found with West Nile virus in the area, though. A bird found in Oneida County on July 29 also tested positive for West Nile virus.

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This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us about a football game between Rhinelander and Green Bay in 1896.

Those interested in mushrooms and foraging can attend a unique festival starting Friday, August 24th.

The “All Things Fungi” Festival will be held at Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff. The first time event is free and open to the public and will include lectures, discussions, and demonstrations. Lectures begin Friday night and continue Saturday afternoon.

Karla Ortman is the Office Manager at Kemp Natural Resources Station.

  • A federal loan will improve power transmission in Iron and Vilas counties,
  • Wisconsin River Cruises is leaving Rhinelander at the end of September,
  • and work is progressing toward a 2019 opening of a new national veterans cemetery in Cassian.

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Rhinelander will be saying goodbye to a beloved boat at the end of September.

The Wilderness Queen river boat with Wisconsin River Cruises has been sold. Owner Patty Zastrow says that moving to Michigan to join her husband has pushed her to sell the boat. Rather than moving somewhere local, it’s moving to southern Wisconsin.

Zastrow says they’ve had a good run.

  • After three years of work, the Town of Newbold’s new disc golf course opens soon,
  • a group has formed to get Oneida County voters to say no to mining,
  • and the death of a dog in Eagle River highlights the danger of acute water intoxication.

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In 1978, a horror film was made in Oneida County. Odds are you haven't seen it.

Mackenzie Martin tells us about the making of the movie and talks to those who love it ahead of a special 40th anniversary screening at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander on Saturday, August 18th at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets for the special screening of Bog can be purchased here:

  • A DNR warden says they are putting an emphasis on people using helmets and seatbelts on recreational vehicles,
  • A local airport is offering a chance for flyers to ease the hassle of getting on a flight,
  • and a candidate for state Treasurer says that elected office needs to remain.

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This Sunday, August 12th, Treehaven College of Natural Resources in Tomahawk is celebrating the installation of a labyrinth on their grounds. There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:00 p.m., followed by the first official walk of the labyrinth. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a cake in the shape of a labyrinth.

Mackenzie Martin talked to the UW-Stevens Point student behind the project about how it came to be.

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This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, we're talking about National Prohibition in 1920. It was a time that some Forest County residents weren't a huge fan of.

Local historian Gary Entz explains how it all went down.

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Wisconsin’s oldest marathon – the Paavo Nurmi - is celebrating 50 years this Saturday, August 11th.

Just ahead, the story of a woman who is finally running the full marathon, 50 years after deciding to do it. WXPR’s Larry Lapachin has the story.

This Saturday, August 11, runners will gather in the quiet community of Upson, just outside of Hurley, to participate in Wisconsin’s oldest marathon, the Paavo Nurmi.  But for one participant, running the Paavo Nurmi marathon has been a goal ever since that inaugural race 50 years ago.