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.

Roads, Airports Busy As Holiday Weekend Begins

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AAA is estimating nearly 51 million Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving this year making it the busiest holiday travel weekend in over a decade.

Airports are going to be busy as well, including the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport says Director Joe Brauer. He says the two flights are full in both directions to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Rhinelander.

Brauer says if you are flying, be even more prepared....

Local Newscast 11-21-17

Nov 21, 2017

Great Headwaters Trails

The 11-mile biking and hiking trail is about 80 percent complete, and the folks who are working to have a connecting biking and hiking path between Conover and Phelps are hoping to get the needed funds to finish the trail, conceived 7 years ago.

Great Headwaters Trails spokesperson Jeff Currie says this past summer another 5.5 miles was added. .

Food safety experts says Thanksgiving is by far the busiest meal of the year to prepare and it's also a time where you could make family and friends sick with a food borne illness.

Amy Springer of  the Vilas County Health Department says there are some simple things to help keep anyone from illness..

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November is National Caregivers Awareness Month Health and state officials have released an online guide for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other demenitas.

The guide is called "Dementia Capable Wisconsin: A guide for family caregivers."

Approximately 110,000 people in Wisconsin are living with dementia. Department of Health Services spokesperson Kristen Felten says the guide helps family members, friends, and loved ones so they can offer the best support and also stay healthy themselves....

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer claims 1.6 million people each year.

Two leaders at the James Beck Cancer Center at Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander discuss with Ken Krall how quitting smoking can lower your risk of lung cancer and how smoking can lead to other cancers. We heard from Dr. Harsha Poola, an oncologist, and Tammery Perry, Nurse Practitioner...

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One of the happiest days of the year can turn to tragedy says a state spokesperson....

"......The U.S.Fire Administration says Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for firefighters. That is when the most responses to home fires caused by kitchen stoves or fires...."

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Across the nation, the familiar sounds of bells ringing are beginning as the Salvation Army launches the Red Kettle campaigns. The campaigns raise money for local relief efforts.

In the Rhinelander area, Kim Swisher is coordinating the campaign. WXPR's Ken Krall talked with Swisher about Rhinelander-area efforts...

Even though Governor Walker has signed a new two-year budget, Democrats are hoping to keep upping the amount of help small rural schools receive from the state in what is known as sparcity aid.

This fund is an extra pool of money beyond usual state coffers to help small rural districts who have small enrollments.

State Senator Janet Bewley of the Ashland area, whose district includes parts of Vilas and Price counties says proposals for more money for lower spending school districts and just a higher sparcity aid package failed to get into the budget...

The identity of a man killed Thursday night in Tomahawk has been released and the suspect in the shooting  has been identified.

Chief Al Elvins reports 52 year old Charles K. Ramp was shot and killed outside his home about 5:30 Thursday night. Ramp's home is on West Mohawk Drive.

A 32 year old Wausau man, Eric Moen, was arrested in Lake Hallie, near Eau Claire, early Friday and was returned to Lincoln county to face charges.

Elvins says  Moen and Ramp have known each other for more than 4 years. Ramp was in his driveway when the shooting happened.

The identity of a man killed Thursday night in Tomahawk has been released by police and the suspect in the shooting is in Lincoln County awaiting a court appearance.

Chief Al Elvins reports 52 year old Charles K. Ramp was shot and killed outside his home after  5:30 p.m.Thursday night.

Ramp's home is on West Mohawk Drive.

A 32 year old Wausau man was arrested in Lake Hallie, near Eau Claire, early today and was returned to Lincoln county to face charges. Elvins did not identify the suspect until he appears in court.

Suspect Arrested In Tomahawk Shooting Death

Nov 17, 2017

(Tomahawk, WI) -- A Lincoln county community is dealing with its first shooting death in several years.

Tomahawk Police say one person was killed about 5:30 Thursday evening at a house on the city's north side. The alleged shooter was later arrested at a Walmart in Lake Hallie in Chippewa County, many miles from the shooting scene in northern Lincoln County.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A 21 year old Rhinelander man is in custody after a day-long standoff in the town of Crescent near the Rhinelander  west city limits.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports Mathew Smith was taken into custody shortly before 4:00 p.m.Thursday. Just before 10:00 a.m., a 9-1-1 call indicated a man had a weapon at a residence. A child and other people were in the residence.

The Oneida County Special Response Team was called and everyone except the suspect left the house. After negotiations, Smith was taken into custody. No injuries were reported.

Local Newscast 11-16-17

Nov 16, 2017