RHINELANDER - A new public radio affiliate will broadcast in Rhinelander next year.
But leaders say head-to-head competition with community radio fixture WXPR is unlikely.
The Ideas network of Wisconsin Public Radio will activate a frequency from Rhinelander at 89.9 FM in 2013.
"The northeast region of the state has been pretty sparse with the ability to receive any or our frequencies," says Rick Reyer of Wisconsin Public Radio.
This map shows the coverage area the new station is likely to have.
Although the new frequency will join WXPR on the public radio airwaves, WXPR General Manager Peg Arnold doesn't expect too much competition.
"We have very different services. WXPR is local. It is community-based. It is community volunteer-based. We're NPR News, with Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and a broad gamut of musical programming," Arnold says.
Neither public radio outlet expects their programming to overlap.
In fact, they've worked together to make sure they would coexist smoothly.
HAWKINS - You could face challenges trying to get kids to sit down and read during summer. But kids in Hawkins believe they're doing more than reading this summer. It's all part of a country wide theme called Fizz, Boom, Read.
"The whole idea is to get kids excited about reading, to keep them coming to the library to check out great books, and hopefully have some happy teachers at the end of the summer," says Hawkins Library Director Arlene Mabie.
NORTHWOODS - It seems more all-natural and specialty food stores are popping up around the Northwoods. Antigo and Three Lakes welcomed new all-natural and specialty food stores this year. And last week, Eagle River welcomed one, as well.
"We were painstaking about finding things that you cannot find at other shops here in the Eagle River area," said Homeward Bound Specialty Foods owner Patti Katz Black. She and her husband, Dave, opened their Eagle River store last week.
MOLE LAKE - Health workers often face different challenges on the Sokaogon Chippewa reservation in Mole Lake compared to elsewhere in the Northwoods.
"I think they're a little different. We have a (few) more challenges. Sometimes, for a lot of people, it's more crisis than prevention, or preventative services," said Tammy Queen, who works at the Sokaogon Chippewa Health Clinic. "A lot of times, they'll come in when something's bad instead of coming in before something gets really bad."
On Thursday, the tribe wanted to get people thinking about their health before problems occur.
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