Ken Krall

News Director

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Ken has been  News Director at WXPR since 2000. This is his second stint with the station, having served as Operations Manager and Morning Edition host from 1987-1995.

A 1976 graduate of UW-Stevens Point, he has served in a variety of roles in radio including sports play-by-play, sales, Program Director along with an extensive background in news. Ken has also worked as an assignment editor in a TV newsroom and as a city reporter for a local newspaper.

A passion of his is the WXPR Saturday morning polka show which he brought back to the air in 1989. He loves many styles of music, especially those that DON'T include a guitar.

A native of Antigo, he likes to birdwatch, fish and read and hopes to someday publish a book he's had in his computer for 15 years.

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

One of the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce's signature events is approaching and the Chamber's new Director is hoping for a good turnout.

The Hodag Home Show is designed to put people wanting information about home services face-to-face with companies in the region who could help them. Bill Clow took over as Executive Director a few weeks ago. He lists some of the organizations already signed up...

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Many local governments use a state of Wisconsin-based website for things like meeting notices and general information.

The city of Rhinelander has moved toward their own website that is hoped to be more user-friendly. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the new website is designed to provide more flexibility...

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Next month the DNR is launching a website that is a type of 'one stop shop' for the outdoors.

Called "Go Wild", spokesperson Mark Rappe says the website will show what is available to do outdoors, but also to provide an array of services...

"....information about activities sponsored by the DNR, helping people to get outdoors and find the information they need...helping them to acquire the licenses, passes and information about regulations to participate quickly, easily and conveniently...."

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Take notice of the price of gas as an analyst says prices might dip a little lower, but will rise again in a few weeks.

The average price in Wisconsin is in the mid-$1.50 range. Senior Petroleum analyst for the website Gasbuddy.com, Patrick DeHaan,  says we thought the price one year ago at $2.20 was a good deal. The Midwest has some the lowest prices in the country, thanks to ample supply. DeHaan says the trend will continue for awhile, making what amounts to a sale price before the refineries stop producing winter time fuel and switch to a summer blend...

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A Northwoods consortium called HOPE is continuing work toward reducing the opioid and heroin addiction problem in the Northwoods. The consortium consists of 20 organizations including medicine, county and tribal governments and addiction treatment facilities. Last year a large grant was awarded to continue the fight. Today we hear from two people who say it looks like the efforts are showing some progress...

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An event that for decades has meant funds to help people with a variety of physical problems returns this weekend to Rhinelander.

The 40th Annual Rhinelander Lions Club Fisheree and Winter Festival is being held Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 3 each day on Boom Lake. Club spokesperson Harry Helwig says the money raised go to help between 20 and 30 organizations in the area and to other groups...

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The Rhinelander City Council has approved a memorandum of understanding with Oneida county to have two fire department personnel go out with the county Special Response Team, commonly known as a SWAT team.

Fire Chief Terry Williams says the Sheriff's Department took applications and after a testing, found two EMS-trained firefighters who met the requirements.

Committee chair Alex Young said there was considerable discussion about the role the Rhinelander personnel would have outside the city...

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They've won it 29 times before, as Rhinelander High School's Mock Trial team returns to the regional tournament in Wausau this coming weekend.

Mock Trial is a method for students to learn the legal system by playing the roles of attorneys or witnesses in a facts situation written by the State Bar Association. The procedure follows courtroom rules and about 100 teams compete.

In the past 32 years, Rhinelander was a national champion once, and has won the state competition 17 times. The coaches are Kathy Vick-Martini,attorney Amy Ferguson and Judge Michael Bloom.

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A panel of mental health professionals, advocates, law enforcement and a consumer met recently in the White Pine Room at WXPR to discuss the status of mental health services in the Northwoods.

There's a growing number of people needing services and fewer professionals to help out. The panel discussed what is being done, where people can get help and the cost, in terms of effects on the person, society and costs to local government.

The moderator for the event is WXPR News Director Ken Krall....

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With the ultimate goal of saving $65,000 in energy costs annually over two decades, the Lakeland Union High School’s buildings and grounds committee Thursday paved the way for engineers to begin work on an intensive energy audit of the school facilities.

Committee members Thursday approved the proposed contract with Schneider Electric of Milwaukee, subject to review by the school attorney. Schneider representative Scott Mason said the “investment grade audit” would cost $28,000 and take three to four months to complete.

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No injuries were reported but fire extensively damaged portions of the Xcel Energy facility in Phillips early Friday.

Reports indicate a passerby saw the fire just before five this morning. The origin of the blaze is unknown but is said to not be suspicious. Seven Xcel Energy vehicles were inside the portion of the building that burned and are lost.

An Xcel spokesperson Chris Ouellette  says the 17 employees at the Phillips location went home Friday, but will return to work on Monday in the portion of the facility that was not seriously damaged.

A teenager was arrested Wednesday in Wausau after police got a tip he could be carrying a loaded gun in his backpack. Wausau Police report the arrest of the 17 year old male.

ArtStart

ArtStart in Rhinelander begins their fifth anniversary year as a community arts center with a gala event February 12 and they would like the community to join them. Spokesperson Melinda Childs says the event is designed for a good time...

"....it's really a celebration. We're going to have the Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble playing some danceable music,probably some Big Band, Swing and some standards. That's maybe the highlight is dinner and dancing, but it will be a fun party...."

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The public is invited to an upcoming open house to comment on four remaining issues in the proposed Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area Master Plan.

The area in western Oneida county is a popular recreation destination, offering a variety of activities. A first round of public comment helped prepare a draft master plan but has left four key areas the DNR would like to hear more input says Willow Flowage property manager Tom Shockley.

The first includes boundary modifications that would allow growth in the local community...says Shockley...

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Pending action by the Natural Resources Board later this month, it appears most of the Langlade county spring ponds that the DNR initally offered for sale will not be on the block.

The agency has released an updated list of lands that they would like put up for sale. State law directed the Natural Resources Board to offer 10,000 acres of land for sale by June 30, 2017.

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