Curious North: How Do Fish Survive The Winter?

Feb 14, 2020
Stephanie Kuski


Last summer, WXPR embarked on their Curious North Road Trip to the public library in Manitowish Waters, where Graham Brown, an Australian man with many questions about life up here in the Northwoods, posed a Curious North question.

Brown asked how fish survive the cold winters trapped beneath our vast frozen lakes.


Concerns Over Excess Roadside Salt

Jan 7, 2020
Stephanie Kuski


In Wisconsin, where there is snow on the roads there is often salt.

But a major concern for drivers is the potential damage salt can do to vehicles.


Vilas County resident Teresa Schmidt submitted a Curious North question voicing her concerns.

“What’s going on with the brine on the roads?” Schmidt asked. “Is it really more of a problem than the salt they used to use? Is it saving money for our counties at the expense of all of our residents having to buy new vehicles too soon? What’s going on there?”

Landmark Study Ending on Little Rock

Jul 25, 2013
LIFE Magazine

Thirty years of scientific study on a Vilas County lake will come to an end on Monday. 

Scientists are removing a barrier that has divided Little Rock Lake in two since 1984.  Researchers installed the barrier to conduct a landmark study on the effects of acid rain.  Carl Watras is a research scientist with the state Department of Natural Resources. He's been involved with the Little Rock project since the beginning.  Watras says at the time there was speculation about the effect of acid rain on lakes, but there was no definitive evidence.