Local Features

In addition to the local news, WXPR Public Radio also likes to find stories that are outside the general news cycle... Listen below to stories about history, people, culture, art, and the environment in the Northwoods that go a little deeper than a traditional news story allows us to do. Here are all of the series we include in this podcast: Curious North, We Live Up Here, A Northwoods Moment in History, Field Notes, and Wildlife Matters.

These features are also available as a podcast by searching "WXPR Local Features" wherever you get your podcasts.

Sometimes politics and natural resources can come together for the good of all people.

In this week’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist reflects on the life and legacy of John Dingell.

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Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.

As part of our We Live Up Here series, Mackenzie Martin talked to their executive director about the importance of teaching children about conservation in our forests.

Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River celebrated their 75th anniversary of operation as a nonprofit natural resource specialty school in February.

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We're continuing our Curious North series today with a listener question about something you may or may not have heard of.

An anonymous listener in the Rhinelander area recently asked: What are snow fleas? Where do they live and what do they eat?

Ken Krall relayed the questioned to P.J.Liesch. Here's their conversation...

"I'm P.J. Liesch, (UW) Extension emtomologist and Director of the UW-Madison insect diagnostic lab. "

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Most ski jumping records have been set in Europe… but that wasn’t always the case.

Gary Entz tells us about Ironwood’s Curry Hill Ski Jump for this week's A Northwoods Moment in History.

WXPR's Nancy Richmond recently spoke with Ed Willett from the Chance Ensemble ahead of their performance at Nicolet College this Saturday, March 30th at 7:30 p.m.

When you think of the benefits of living up north, do you include tall trees and clear water? The Masked Biologist does, and that is the topic of this week’s Wildlife Matters.

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Have you ever wondered how the Upper Peninsula of Michigan came to be… why it's a part of Michigan, and not Wisconsin?

Gary Entz has the story for this week's A Northwoods Moment in History.

We all had to spring forward recently, a move that extends the afternoon daylight.

In this week’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist examines the impact of photoperiods on living things including us.

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The Ironwood/Hurley area can get up to 200 inches of annual snowfall, in part due to their close proximity to Lake Superior.

This makes for great skiing, but it was only recently that a youth-based cross country ski program began in the area, named for the Finnish concept Sisu, that has to do with resilience.

Last week, they wrapped up the season with 25 youth participants. Larry Lapachin continues our We Live Up Here series with the story.

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This week's A Northwoods Moment in History tale from Tomahawk in the early 1940's has all the marks of a great story: a small-time group of bandits, a toy gun, and of course, an efficient Oneida County Sheriff.

We'll let Gary Entz take it from here.

Historians encounter lots of interesting stories, but once in a while a tale from the past resurfaces that just makes a person sit back and wonder how such a thing could have been allowed to happen.  The experience of Earl Wing in the Northwoods is just such a story.

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In this month's installment of Field Notes, Scott Bowe of Kemp Station discusses snow load and how it impacts our homes.

Photo by Warren Lynn. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Is it time for Wisconsin to take drastic measures to attempt to get a handle on chronic wasting disease?

Our commentator the Masked Biologist examines a proposal called “Payment for Positives” in this week's Wildlife Matters.

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Thanks to recent funding from the Michigan legislature, there is a lot in store for the future of Copper Peak - the ski flying hill in Ironwood, Michigan.

As part of our We Live Up Here series, Monie Shackleford tells us about Copper Peak’s backstory, as well as what we can expect for its future.

In late December of 2018, the Michigan legislature funded 10 million dollars to two ski jumps of the western upper peninsula: Copper Peak, near Ironwood and Pine Ski Jump in Iron Mountain. 

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Throughout the last year, our local historian Gary Entz has uncovered why many towns in the Northwoods are named what they are.

Some previous installments of A Northwoods Moment in History have included how the towns of Phelps, St. Germain, Sayner, and Rhinelander got their names.

In this week’s installment, we hear how the community of Gagen got its name.

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