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.

Northwoods Transit Connections

The Oneida County Board Tuesday heard the expanded bus service operating in the Northwoods is very popular and has grown quickly since being introduced last May.

The county board approved a $50,000 advance to the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission to cover a short-term cash flow crunch, as explained by Supervisor Bob Mott...

" typical with state and federal government, sometimes monies don't come in on time. At certain times during the year were running a shortage of money for operating expenses to pay for drivers, gas, those types of things...."

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor's Center is located at the intersection of U.S. 2 and county road "G" near Ashland. It's often a stop for visitors and Northwoods residents alike to learn about the Great Lakes and surrounding environment. The Center's operating partners are: The US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin - Extension, and the Friends of the Center Alliance.

Later this month, volunteers will be combing the Northwoods looking for people who are homeless.

The semi-annual Wisconsin Statewide Point-In-Time Count is scheduled for January 27. the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness ..or N*WISH Continuum of Care... will be joining homeless coalitions around the state in completing a local count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Locally, Lori Hallas describes the effort...

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The Department of Public Instruction announced Tuesday that a social studies teacher at Rhinelander High School, Linda Goldsworthy of Three Lakes, is the recipient of the second annual Global Educator of the Year Award.

She was nominated for the award for helping her students learn about the interconnectedness of the world through her classroom teaching and travel abroad opportunities.

Wisconsin Lottery

A Rhinelander resident has won a six-figure prize from the Wisconsin Lottery.

Brandon Young of Rhinelander won the second top prize of $200,000 playing the Cosmic Crossword scratch game.

Young purchased his Cosmic Crossword ticket at Kwik Trip at North Stevens Street in Rhinelander.

This was the second of two $200,000 top prizes in the Cosmic Crossword scratch game.

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Governor Walker has called a special session of the legislature to deal with a growing opioid problem in the state, especially among young people.

While addiction experts praised Walker's call, others have said portions of the proposal are far underfunded. Last week Citizen Action of Wisconsin held a conference call on the session.

Executive Director Robert Kraig says one key component of Walker's proposal is underfunded...

We hear from a state consumer official who says they're being deluged by calls from the public about scams. Ken Krall talks with Frank Frassetto,  Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection....

Frank Frassetto from the Department of Agrriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan, recently established a new "CPAP" Clinic to offer veterans who suffer with sleep apnea help in adapting to their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) equipment.

The National Institute of Health and National Sleep Foundation reports sleep apnea is a common disorder in which breathing is regularly interrupted for at least ten seconds.

Northwoods legislators are holding listening sessions next week across the region.

State Senator Tom Tiffany's 12th Senate District covers three Assembly Districts. Tiffany will be appearing with the state representatives at locations within their boundaries next week.

Tiffany and State Representative Rob Swearingen will be meeting the public next Monday, January 23...

The City of Rhinelander has picked up more than 500 responses so far to survey asking for input on roadway options to complete the city's "Streetscape" program next year.

Public Works Director Tim Kingman says they got through the first construction downtown, with the final touches to be done this coming summer, including repaving. But Kingman says during the pause in construction over the winter, they wanted to find out from the public their thoughts, primarily about making downtown Rhinelander's Brown Street one-way....

You can't detect it with your senses, it occurs in many parts of the state and is a leading cause of lung cancer.

January is National Radon Action Month. During the winter when homes tend to be closed is when awareness to the gas is heightened. Community Health Specialist from Oneida County Health Department Christie Oestreich tells us about this naturally-occurring gas...

Salvation Army

Right after the holidays, the Salvation Army reported they came up short of a $40,000 dollar in the Rhinelander area. That has changed.

Local Red Kettle coordinator Kim Swisher says when it looked like they wouldn't reach their goals, the public responded...

"....two weeks ago we were very concerned because we were several thousand dollars short of our $40,000 goal and now to be just so gratifying...

The total this week was $39,500.

Swisher said she made another appeal...

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Last week, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa voted to deny the renewal of an easement of the Enbridge Energy Line 5 on tribal lands near Lake Superior.

Enbridge's oil pipeline crosses 12 miles of reservation land.

Council member Dylan Jennings says the tribe is requesting the decommissioning and removal of the line. Jennings says the easement is not for the entire pipeline, but in areas where the tribe had reaquired lands near the pipeline. Enbridge has leased an easement for the oil line since it's construction in 1953.

U.S. House

Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy and 13 others in the U.S. House have signed onto a bill that would delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List.

If successful, it would return Great Lakes States and Wyoming wolf management to the states.

The issue has been hotly contested in Wisconsin and other states. Management of gray wolves were transferred from the state to the federal level following two 2014 U.S. District Court decisions that reinstated gray wolves under the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Tuesday, Governor Walker delivered the annual State of the State address. We're going to hear next a response from a long-time state Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach about the proposals presented by Governor Walker. He spoke with Ken Krall...

Long time state Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach with a response to Governor Walker's State of the State address.