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Local features from the Northwoods of Wisconsin. As reported by WXPR 91.7. Catch the entire archive in addition to daily news stories at https://www.wxpr.org/topic/local-features

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Local features from the Northwoods of Wisconsin. As reported by WXPR 91.7. Catch the entire archive in addition to daily news stories at https://www.wxpr.org/topic/local-features

    Variations On A Tradition: Making Maple Syrup In The Northwoods

    Variations On A Tradition: Making Maple Syrup In The Northwoods

    Each spring the hardwood forests of the Northwoods come alive with activity as the process of collecting maple sap begins. The people doing this work range from large commercial operations to single individuals tapping a few trees. As part of WXPR’s We Live Up Here series, we visited two very different operations before social distancing guidelines went into effect. The first stop was a visit with Joe Polak, owner of Maple Hollow, nestled in a dense maple forest just northeast of Merrill. As you

    • 4 min
    A 'Complete Surprise': New Research Shows Higher Lake Levels Equal More Mercury In Fish

    A 'Complete Surprise': New Research Shows Higher Lake Levels Equal More Mercury In Fish

    Are the Northwoods walleye you catch safe to eat, or do they have too much mercury? The answer is tied to several factors, but new research shows a surprising variable might have the biggest effect. The water level of the lake where you caught the fish could tell you more about its safety than anything else. The realization of the connection started years ago, when lakes researcher Dr. Carl Watras found an interesting trend. The water level on Northwoods lakes, and even the Great Lakes, followed

    • 4 min
    Anthropomorphism

    Anthropomorphism

    When you hear the name Samson, what springs to mind – possibly a religious story, or maybe the name of a larger-than-life animal? The Masked Biologist says all of the above, and explores the humanization of animals in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

    • 4 min
    We Live Up Here: Businesses Pivot To New Reality

    We Live Up Here: Businesses Pivot To New Reality

    Instead of making its iconic Stormy Kromer hats, Ironwood-based Jacquart Fabrics is now making hospital masks and gowns. Near Antigo, wildlife rehabilitators don’t have the luxury of staying away from work. In this edition of We Live Up Here, we explore how COVID-19 has changed the landscape of businesses in our area. Just several weeks ago, things could not have been going better for Bob Jacquart, CEO of Jacquart Fabrics and Stormy Kromer in Ironwood, Michigan. His 100 or so employees were

    • 4 min
    Detailed Maps And Airborne Chemicals: How The PFAS Landscape Differs State-By-State

    Detailed Maps And Airborne Chemicals: How The PFAS Landscape Differs State-By-State

    A month ago, in a ballroom at a hotel conference center in a Madison suburb, social distancing wasn’t even in the vocabulary of most people. The coronavirus wasn’t yet a threat to Wisconsin. Hundreds of people packed into a convention to talk about, and hear about, a different threat to health--PFAS. “It is the hot ticket issue right now,” conceded Bridget Kelly, the Wisconsin DNR’s Program Coordinator for Emerging Contaminants. The topic is only growing hotter. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl

    • 5 min
    Rhinelander's Water Quality In The 20th Century

    Rhinelander's Water Quality In The 20th Century

    The issue of contaminated water is an ongoing topic of concern in the city of Rhinelander, but it isn’t a new problem. Historian Gary Entz tells the story of contamination issues in the past and how Rhinelander came to get its water from wells.

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