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.

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.

ArtStart Rhinelander

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.

Castle, W.I. (William Ivor) / Wikimedia Commons

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.

Phelps Chamber of Commerce

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).

Robert Rueckl

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.

  • Governor Walker signed a school safety bill into law today,
  • the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas needs volunteers,
  • a comment period is underway on the use of a herbicide in cranberry marshes,
  • Wisconsin's public sector employment isn't as large as you might think,
  • and some Wisconsin beekeepers have lost 80% of their bees.

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Have you ever felt like you’re talking to someone, but they just aren’t reading your body language?

The New York based dance company the Equus Projects will be performing “The Breaking Ring” at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander this weekend and they’ve made a name for themselves by listening and responding to the way humans — and horses — move.

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A Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate thinks the court has skewed too far to aiding large and wealthy interests at the expense of average citizens. Madison attorney Tim Burns campaigned in the Northwoods last week.

He says the state Supreme Court has a real impact..

"....the Supreme Court takes 40, 50, 60 cases a year. Only a third of them are criminal cases. The rest are cases in which they shape our economy, and our political system. They've been shading it in favor of concentrated corporate wealth instead of small farms, small businesses and workers...."

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A bill spurred by a nationwide push to get more people with disabilities employed recently received a public hearing in both houses of the Wisconsin  legislature.

Called "Employment First", the legislation requires the several agencies that work with people with disabilities to collaborate better and develop a joint plan to assist people with disabilities to find employment in the community.

The Senate sponsor of the bill is Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst. He outlines how the bill works... 

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